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The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years. more
Employers boosted payrolls in April by the most in two years and the jobless rate plunged to 6.3 percent as companies grew confident the U.S. economy is emerging from a first-quarter slowdown. 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
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
Employers added more workers than projected in June and the unemployment rate fell to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent, underscoring a brighter U.S. labor market that will help spur the economy. more
Job openings rose in May to the highest level in almost seven years, a sign the U.S labor market will help boost economic growth in the second half of this year. more
Rhode Island has a good shot at employing graduates of four new programs designed to train registered nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, educators in these fields say. more
(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on the 2014 gubernatorial candidates and their plans for economic development.) more
Of the 17 unemployed and underemployed nurses participating in the “Passport to Practice” nurse residency program, 13 landed jobs – six full time, five part time and two per diem, months before the end of the program’s first year. more
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