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R.I. CONSTRUCTION employment increased 6 percent year over year to 19,400 jobs. / COURTESY ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA

R.I. construction employment rises 6% in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment increased 6 percent year over year in October, or 1,100 workers, to 19,400 construction jobs. The year-over-year growth...
RHODE ISLAND's unemployment rate declined 0.7 percentage points year over year in October, the fastest of any state in New England. Despite this, the state's 3.8 percent unemployment rate remained the second highest in the region. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Unemployment rate declines at fastest pace in N.E. in Oct., remains...

PROVIDENCE – The 0.7 percentage point year-over-year decline in Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was the largest among New England states, falling to...
Prior to joining Rite-Solutions Inc., Dennis McLaughlin was a naval officer, senior executive at the Department of Defense and technical director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center – the U.S. Navy’s largest research and development laboratory. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

A culture of purpose is a foundation for success

Dennis McLaughlin | Rite-Solutions Inc. president and CEO Successful organizations that I have worked with have one thing in common: A culture of purpose. This...
CITIZENS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has partnered with LISC to grant $150,000 to support the Bridges to Careers program at the Genesis Center in Providence as well as create a "retention coach" position at the center. The grant was part of a three-city partnership between Citizens and LISC implemented in Boston, Providence and Philadelphia. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KELVIN MA

Citizens Charitable Foundation partners with LISC, donates $150K to Providence workforce...

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Charitable Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corp. have come together in Providence, Boston and Philadelphia to support education and training programs,...

Follow these tips to keep top talent

The market for great talent has become very tight. Companies in a hiring mode are solidly in the hunt. They need more talent to...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza announced that the city has reached a tentative agreement with the Providence Teachers Union, whose contract expired more than a year ago. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza, Providence Teachers Union reach tentative contract agreement

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Teachers Union and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza have reached a tentative contract deal, Elorza announced Thursday. Specific details of the deal...
CAREER PATH: Christopher L. Calderon, left, and Edwin A. Montas, project engineers at Gilbane Building Co., benefited from an early introduction to construction. Calderon, who remembers being treated to pizza parties with elementary school classmates at the company’s corporate office as recognition for good grades, said giving young people a chance to look beyond the careers of their parents is important. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

PBN on WJAR-TV, Nov. 5, 2018

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that. Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s...
PROVANT HEALTH filed a notice with the R.I. Department of Labor and Training that it was laying off 94 workers and closing, following a previous announcement that the Kansas-based company had declared bankruptcy and had been acquired by a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

Provant Health to lay off 92 workers, close following acquisition

WARWICK – Hooper Holmes Inc., doing business as Provant Health, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice, or WARN, with the R.I. Department of...
RECOGNIZING ­OPPORTUNITY: ­Gilbane Building Co. Vice President and Rhode Island business unit leader John Sinnott is flanked by Christopher L. Calderon, left, and Edwin A. Montas at the company’s Providence headquarters, where Sinnott oversees much of the local recruitment efforts to better match the company’s workforce with the local community. 
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MARK S. MURPHY

In an industry coming up short on workers, opportunities await

The construction industry (along with many other sectors of the region’s economy) is falling short of filling job openings. Some firms find themselves turning...
THE PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS Summit and Awards Program on Diversity & Inclusion will be held at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Dec. 5. The event will be the newspaper's first awards ceremony devoted to the topic.

Burrell leads honorees in PBN’s first Diversity & Inclusion Awards

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has announced seven organizations and one individual winner in its new Diversity & Inclusion Awards program, who will be...
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