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Unemployment in Rhode Island slid one-tenth of a percentage point in May to a seasonally adjusted 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in April, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. Last month also represented the first time since April 2013 that the state’s civilian labor force improved on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis. more
(Updated, 11:45 a.m.) American employers hired fewer workers than forecast in August, and the jobless rate dropped because people left the workforce, bolstering those on the Federal Reserve who want to be more deliberate in removing monetary stimulus. more
The Providence-Fall River-Warwick metropolitan area added 600 construction jobs in August compared with August 2013, a 3 percent gain, placing the area at No. 158 in a ranking of 339 metropolitan areas by the Associated General Contractors of America. more
(Updated, 12:06 p.m.) Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee formally approved a new apprenticeship program for computer numerical control operators at the annual meeting of the Governor's Workforce Board at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick hotel Thursday morning. more
New England retained its status as the census division with the third-lowest unemployment rate in the nation in July, at 5.8 percent, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday. more
General Dynamics Electric Boat is in a hiring surge to meet the requirements of U.S. Navy contracts and has already added more than 720 new employees at its Quonset Point facility since the beginning of the year, according to Jason Vlaun, the company’s human resources manager. more
Rhode Island’s defense industry contributed $3.75 billion to the state’s economy in 2013 and supported as many as 33,806 jobs statewide, according to a report released Tuesday by the R.I. Defense Economy Planning Commission. The defense economy generated $1.93 billion in income for Rhode Island households last year as well as $106 million in tax revenue for the state. more
The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will continue offering a program in collaboration with the Center for Women & Enterprise to help unemployed Rhode Islanders start their own businesses. more
Rhode Island has launched Apply RI, an online job-application website that allows applicants to track their state government job applications on the Web. more
The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Providence-Warwick, Fall River metropolitan area increased on a month-to-month basis to 8 percent in July. more
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