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When Robin McLane’s generation hit public schools in the 1950s, there were never enough classrooms or teachers to accommodate the bulge, she said. So she’s not surprised about the latest shock that boomers are delivering to the U.S. economy. more
From left: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee tour the Tunstall Americas facility at 100 Freight on Feb. 4 with Tunstall President and CEO Brad Waugh and Public Information Officer Glenn Morin. By the end of this month Tunstall says it will have exceeded a commitment to bring 250 jobs to Rhode Island, two months early. The company says it will have hired 269 workers by the end of February. more
Payrolls in the U.S. rose less than projected in January as retailers cut back after the holidays and government hiring fell. The unemployment rate unexpectedly declined to 6.6 percent. more
U.S. Senate Democratic leaders said they would keep working to strike a compromise on reviving expanded jobless benefits, even as the chamber failed to advance the latest plan amid a partisan dispute over amendments. more
The productivity of U.S. workers rose more than projected in the fourth quarter as the world’s largest economy expanded, helping to restrain labor costs. more
Construction employment in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area rose 5 percent in December compared with the same period last year, adding 900 jobs for a total of 19,100 jobs, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Wednesday. more
The unemployment rate in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area rose to 9.2 percent in December, non-seasonally adjusted, from 8.6 percent a month earlier, as the size of the labor force shrank five-tenths of a percent to 687,600 from 698,300, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Wednesday. more
BOSTON – Massachusetts added 10,300 jobs in December, posting a total unemployment rate of 7 percent, the Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported. The unemployment rate was up 0.3 of a percentage point from the December 2012 rate of 6.7 percent. more
Rhode Island’s December unemployment rate of 9.1 percent ranked as the highest unemployment rate in the country for the second month in a row, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. more
Electric Boat’s plan to hire 650 employees this year at its expanding facility at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown is a precursor to a massive ramp-up expected to more than double the current Quonset workforce of 2,800 over the next 15-20 years. more
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