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RHODE ISLAND had the highest union membership as a percentage of the total number of employed in New England in 2018. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

BLS: R.I. had highest union rate in N.E. in 2018

PROVIDENCE – In 2018, 17.4 percent of Rhode Island workers were members of a union, or 83,000 workers, a year-over-year increase of 5,000 union...
RHODE ISLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE declined 0.4 percentage points to 3.8 percent in December. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

BLS: R.I. unemployment rate highest in N.E. in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s 3.8 percent nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was the highest in New England, according to the Bureau of Labor...
THE NORTHEAST CPI rose 1.7 percent year over year in December. Among the products that saw significant increases was piped utility gas, which rose in price 4.7 percent over the year. By comparison, motor fuel in the Northeast declined 0.5 percent in price over the year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VINCENT MUNDY

Dec. Northeast CPI rise below U.S., despite gain in energy, piped...

PROVIDENCE – The consumer price index in the Northeast increased 1.7 percent year over year in December, compared with 1.9 percent in the average...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN the Providence metro area, not seasonally adjusted, was 3.6 percent in November, 0.1 percentage points higher than the U.S. national average of 3.5 percent. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Providence metro unemployment declines to 3.6% in Nov.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 3.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted, in November,...
RHODE ISLAND unemployment declined 0.7 percentage points year over year to 3.8 percent in November. Rhode Island had the fastest rate of decline in the New England region in that time but remained with the second-highest unemployment rate in the region. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I. unemployment rate second highest in N.E. despite fastest decline

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s unemployment rate declined 0.7 percentage points year over year in November, the largest percentage-point decline in New England, to 3.8...
EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION COSTS per hour worked in New England were $42.06 in September. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

BLS: New England has highest employee compensation costs in nation in...

PROVIDENCE – Total compensation costs for a private industry employer in New England averaged $42.06 per hour worked in September, according to the U.S....
ENGAGING STUDENTS: ­Denise Coppa, interim associate dean of graduate programs at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, teaches a class at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

URI launches mental health nurse practitioner master’s program

Nationwide, and here in Rhode Island, the health care industry is suffering from a documented shortage of qualified nurse practitioners.Employment in the sector across...
PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, declined 0.9 percentage points year over year to 3.1 percent in October. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Providence metro unemployment declines to 3.1% in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 3.1 percent in October, not seasonally adjusted, a 0.9 percentage point decline year over...
THE NORTHEAST CPI rose 1.7 percent year over year in December. Among the products that saw significant increases was piped utility gas, which rose in price 4.7 percent over the year. By comparison, motor fuel in the Northeast declined 0.5 percent in price over the year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VINCENT MUNDY

Northeast CPI rises 2.3% in October

PROVIDENCE – The Northeast consumer price index increased 2.3 percent year over year, 0.2 percentage points lower than the average U.S. city growth, according...
UNEMPLOYMENT in the Providence metro area declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 3.5 percent. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Unemployment in Providence metro falls 0.5 percentage points in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment in both the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area and in Rhode Island declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 3.5 percent...
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