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Construction employment rose in 190 out of 358 metropolitan areas over the year in December, including in the Providence-Warwick metro area, which saw jobs climb 2 percent, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Tuesday. more
Rhode Island moved up four spots to No. 25 in the annual Opportunity Index, released Tuesday by the bipartisan national campaign, Opportunity Nation and Measure of America. more
The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. climbed last week to a two-month high, a sign of more moderate labor market progress. more
Rhode Island had the second-highest job growth in New England last year with a 1.8 percent gain, behind only Massachusetts, which reported 2.1 percent growth, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
Workers in the Providence metro had an average hourly wage of $23.98 in May 2015, approximately 3 percent higher than the average national wage of $23.23, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said this week. more
The state has reached a final agreement with SEIU District 1199 New England regarding family child care providers who are a part of Rhode Island’s Child Care Assistance Program, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Friday. more
Unemployment rates were lower in 333 out of 387 metropolitan areas in January than than a year earlier, including in the Providence metro, where the rate fell to 6.2 percent from 7.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. more
New England had the third-lowest unemployment rate in June among the nine geographic divisions nationwide at 4.8 percent in June, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Rhode Island had the highest percentage growth in solar jobs in the country last year at 214 percent, according to The Solar Foundation. more
Filings for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined last week to the lowest level since mid-July, extending a run of applications near decade lows that shows dismissals remain in check. more
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