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THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, the second highest rate in New England. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

R.I. unemployment was 2nd highest in N.E. in June

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island of 3.6% in June was the second highest in New England, only ahead of...
Michael C. Artesani Jr. is the third generation of his family to lead the Cranston-based painting and remodeling company. He was introduced to the business while a teenager and joined it full time after graduating from the University of Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Being true to your roots delivers the results you want

Michael C. Artesani Jr. | Artesani Painting and Remodeling presidentAs we celebrate our 70th anniversary, I look back at how much we have changed...

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THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points year over year in June to 3.6%. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment lowers to 3.6% in June

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment for Rhode Islanders declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, according to the R.I. Department of Labor...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced the the launch of a commercial construction initiative through the Real Jobs RI worker training program overseen by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Above, working being conducted on the The 6-10 connector, part of the RhodeWorks infrastructure program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Real Jobs RI to create commercial construction training program

PROVIDENCE – The state is expanding the Real Jobs Rhode Island program to cater to commercial construction employers, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday.The...
As the fourth generation of a family-owned contracting firm, Brian Casey knows how much a strong company culture can mean to an enterprise. Since taking over in 2015, Casey has doubled revenue and grown the employee count by one-third, something he credits in large part to his team. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Success depends on you building the right team

Brian Casey | Pariseault Builders Inc. presidentA major component of a CEO’s role is to make important decisions. These can range from expanding into...
RATINGS REDUX: Another two business-climate rankings have given Rhode Island failing grades. Should they be taken seriously?
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Business rankings should be taken with salt, but not ignored

Talk about taking it on the chin.In two national surveys published since the beginning of July, Rhode Island ranked last in the nation in...
WHILE THE LOW JOBLESS RATE has grabbed headlines, a more clear look at the state of the economy gives a lot of reasons to doubt how well it is doing. / GETTY IMAGES/DREW ANGERER

Opinion: The myth of the tight U.S. labor market

NEW YORK – As the U.S. election cycle gets underway, expect much debate over just how strong the economy really is after becoming the...

U.S. jobs gain of 224,000 tops forecasts, dilutes Fed-cut case

WASHINGTON – U.S. hiring rebounded in June and topped all estimates of economists, a sign of labor-market strength that may ease calls for a Federal...
Leslie Taito
Hope Global CEO
Leslie Taito has worn many executive hats in Rhode Island: chief of staff at Hope Global; director of regulatory reform at the R.I. Office of Management and Budget; and CEO of R.I. Manufacturing Extension Services, among others. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Allowing failure can lead to innovation

Leslie Taito | Hope Global CEO Recently, a bright, young employee came to me with an idea to improve a long-standing manufacturing process. He described...
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