R.I. jobs growing but long way to go

A MODEST SUCCESS: A shipbuilding program at New England Institute of Technology was successful at training Rhode Islanders for jobs in the industry, but like many similar programs, it is too small to fill the demand. Fred Santaniello, foreground, director of workforce development and programs at NEIT, is seen with Teddy Small, a participant in the SAMI program, who later found a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
A MODEST SUCCESS: A shipbuilding program at New England Institute of Technology was successful at training Rhode Islanders for jobs in the industry, but like many similar programs, it is too small to fill the demand. Fred Santaniello, foreground, director of workforce development and programs at NEIT, is seen with Teddy Small, a participant in the SAMI program, who later found a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
Editor's note: In celebration of Providence Business News' 30th anniversary, staff writers and contributors examined the stories and trends that defined the region's business scene for the period. Dogged by a high and persistent unemployment rate coming out of the 2008-09 recession, Rhode Island's workforce has struggled to recover. But the state has seen progress…

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