R.I. job market could take years to recover

NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
NEW TASKS: Alexandria Kitsilis Cardoso, left, and Christine Kitsilis, co-owners of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, prepare food in the kitchen. Restaurant employees were cross-trained to become delivery drivers or cooks to keep them working when dining room sales dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Economists foresee a long, slow rebuilding period following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the replacement of lost jobs in Rhode Island taking place gradually over the next several years. The state’s labor force had nearly 541,000 people in November, according to data from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. That’s the lowest…

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