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When John Wood and his wife, Alexandra “Aly” Marks-Wood, bought property in Portsmouth, built a new 3,000-square-foot building and bought equipment to launch The Green Grocer, they had no way of knowing their new business would face the layers of challenges added by the financial crisis that became known as the Great Recession. more
The 2015 unemployment insurance taxable wage base will be $21,200 for most employers in Rhode Island, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
The coming business mandates spelled out by the Affordable Care Act were among the topics explained to more than 100 of Rhode Island’s business leaders at the Providence Business News Summit on Government Regulations and Business held Thursday. more
Rhode Island’s largest county – Providence – reported a 2.2 percent wage gain in the 2014 second quarter, ranking it No. 123 among the 339 largest counties in the country, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Rhode Island ranked 25th for its 3.7 percent growth in construction employment in January compared with January 2014, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. more
The Providence-Fall River-Warwick metropolitan area had the largest unemployment rate decrease out of 48 metropolitan areas in the country with 1 million or more people in December at 2.9 percentage points, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Service industries expanded in May at the fastest pace in nine months as orders picked up, indicating improving sales will help the U.S. economy strengthen. more
The R.I. Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has issued policy guidelines for the appropriate use of social media and social networking in medical practice. more
Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in seven years, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. more
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May to push U.S. payrolls past their pre-recession peak and the jobless rate held at an almost six-year low as the economy gained traction. more
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