Health, education see slow growth in R.I.

BUCKING THE TREND: Lisa Abbott, senior vice president of human resources and community affairs at Lifespan, speaks with Bill Schmiedeknecht, vice president of human resource business partnerships and labor relations. Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital system, says it grew its workforce by 21.5 percent to 14,559, from 2009 to 2016. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
Lackluster growth in health and education employment could spell trouble for the Ocean State, where job gains or losses in any segment of the economy can tip the scales of economic growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Sept. 27 released a report examining Rhode Island’s employment growth from 2009 to 2016. The report…

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