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THE 2019 CONSTRUCTION season will feature 77 active R.I. Department of Transportation projects.

RIDOT construction season to include 77 active projects

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Transportation will have 77 active projects in the 2019 construction season with a combined construction value of $715.6...

$2.6M to go toward jobs, training for youth

PROVIDENCE - A Rhode Island program aimed at helping young people build skills and experience in the work world has received $2.6 million in...
RHODE ISLAND construction employment increased 1% year over year in March. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. construction employment up 1% in March

PROVIDENCE – Seasonally-adjusted Rhode Island construction employment increased 1 percent year over year, or 200 jobs, to 19,600, the 35th-fastest-growing state in the nation,...
NEW APPLICATIONS are being accepted for the Wavemaker Fellowship program, which helps STEM and design professionals defray student-loan debts.

Got student debt? Commerce RI accepting new applications for Wavemaker Fellowship

PROVIDENCE – The state’s Wavemaker Fellowship program that provides recent college graduates working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields with student-loan reimbursement is...
RHODE ISLAND unemployment in March was the second highest in New England. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

R.I. unemployment second highest in New England in March

PROVIDENCE – Seasonally adjusted Rhode Island unemployment declined to 3.8% in March, while the number of employed Rhode Islanders, the unemployed and the civilian...
RHODE ISLAND MICRO-BUSINESSES posted the highest growth rate in the nation, according to a review of invoice totals in recent years. / COURTESY INVOICE2EGO

Report: Rhode Island tops nation in growth rate for ‘micro-businesses’

PROVIDENCE – Looks like the smallest state is a good place for the smallest businesses.A new research report found that Rhode Island has led...
THE POPULATION of Rhode Island increased 4,358 people from 2010 to 2018 to a total of 1.06 million. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Report: R.I. population grows 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1.06M

PROVIDENCE – The population of Rhode Island increased 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1,057,315 residents, or an increase of 4,358 people, according to...
MASSACHUSETTS STATE OFFICIALS have told the Boston Globe that they will make a more concerted effort to convince Hasbro to relocate its headquarters to the Bay State. / COURTESY HASBRO INC.

Globe: Mass. officials to make ‘concerted effort’ to lure Hasbro...

PAWTUCKET – The Mass. Office of Business Development is making a “concerted effort” to lure Hasbro Inc.’s headquarters out of Rhode Island, The Boston...
PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo: A ‘partner with business’

You could say Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is a pragmatist. The way she puts it, she’s not trying to change the world so much...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...
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