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U.S. COMPANIES shed 27,000 jobs in March, according to ADP. / AP FILE PHOTO/.DAVID GOLDMAN

U.S. businesses cut 27,000 jobs in March, before virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) – United States companies shed 27,000 jobs in March, according to a private survey, a figure that mostly reflected the economy as it...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION said that the small business loan program created to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19 may be operational as soon as this week.

COVID-19-related SBA loans could be available as soon as this week

PROVIDENCE – The Small Business Administration’s $349 billion in small-business capital program due to COVID-19 is expected to be operational starting Friday, the SBA...
CHEF ROSA Muñoz, who works for Hope & Main member entity Savory Fare, prepares a meal in one of Hope & Main's kitchens. Hope & Main is launching next week its new Nourishing Our Neighbors program to provide free meals to seniors and needy families on the East Bay during the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY RUPERT WHITELEY

Stepping Up: Hope & Main starting new program to help feed...

WARREN – When schools in the Bristol-Warren School District closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope & Main Founder and President Lisa Raiola knew...

Amgen Foundation donates $500K to R.I. COVID-19 Response Fund

WEST GREENWICH – Amgen Inc. and the Amgen Foundation contributed $500,000 to the Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund, created in early March by the...

R.I. Community Food Bank receives $100K from MetLife Foundation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Community Food Bank recently was the beneficiary of a $100,000 donation from the MetLife Foundation to help handle increased...
RHODE ISLAND had 488 known cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

R.I. sees four more COVID-19 deaths; cases total 488

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island have reached 488, according to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at her daily press briefing Tuesday afternoon. The...
THE DINING section is closed off at East Side Pockets, a small restaurant near Brown University, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Providence, R.I. President Donald Trump wants the country open for business by mid-April, but some experts warn it's not as easy as flipping a switch: Economies run on confidence, and that is likely to be in short supply for as long as coronavirus cases in the United States are still rising. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

U.S. consumer confidence sinks as virus begins having impact

WASHINGTON (AP) – United States consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level in nearly three years as the impact of the coronavirus...
RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT Insurance claims due to COVID-19 have passed 70,000 since March 9. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

COVID-19-related UI claims in R.I. pass 70K

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19 totaled 73,422 as of Monday, according to figures released by the R.I. Department of Labor and...
NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE of Technology Director of Nursing and Interim Assistant Provost of Health Services Darlene Noret stands with medical supplies the school will donate Tuesday to Care New England to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Stepping Up: NEIT to donate medical equipment to CNE

EAST GREENWICH – Care New England has provided students from the New England Institute of Technology a site to learn more about the medical...

As restaurants shutter, R.I. wholesalers target consumers

PROVIDENCE – For Russell DePetrillo, each restaurant closing its doors meant one fewer buyer for his wholesale meat and seafood shop, Metro Lobster &...

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