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THE NONSEASONALLY adjusted unemployment rate in the Providence metro area declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.7 percent in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GABBY JONES

Providence metro unemployment rate in Dec. declines to 3.7%

PROVIDENCE – The nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 3.7 percent in December, a 0.4 percentage-point decline year over...
PROVIDENCE COUNTY had the highest average weekly wage in Rhode Island at $1,033 in the second quarter of 2018. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

BLS: Providence County reports highest weekly wage in R.I. in Q2...

PROVIDENCE – Weekly wages in Rhode Island in the second quarter of 2018 totaled $998, $57 less than the national average weekly wage of...

Are N.E. unemployment rates too low?

The end of the Great Recession has been followed by a slow but steady economic expansion that led to a significant drop in unemployment...
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...
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