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East Providence contractor charged with wage theft

EAST PROVIDENCE – A local contractor has been charged with stealing more than $93,000 in wages from workers on a Woonsocket school construction project,...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee

McKee: Find the opportunities in economic challenges

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) As a small-business owner, former mayor and lieutenant governor...
BY THE NUMBERS: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence-Metrology Software Inc. Vice President of Operations Steven Ilmrud, right, says a new automated system has helped the North Kingstown company improve efficiency and accuracy. Ilmrud is pictured with Production Manager Ted Coppa. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Finding an edge in data analytics

When a Department of Labor and Training call center was overwhelmed earlier this year, workers were initially skeptical of the state’s response: deploy more...

Weekly PUA filings up 17%, top 182K

PROVIDENCE – Pandemic unemployment assistance filings increased by 15,178 last week, to 182,275, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The weekly...
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 3.5% in November. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment declines to 3.5% in Nov.

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 3.5% in November, a 0.5 percentage point decline year over year, the R.I. Department of...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...
LONG-TERM CAREER: Kevin Bloyed, a CNC machining instructor at We Make RI and a machinist at Dean Machine in Cranston, said he tries to impart to his students that manufacturing can put them on a long-term career path. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A: Kevin Bloyed

Kevin Bloyed | Dean Machine Inc. machinist, instructor in We Make RI program Kevin Bloyed of South Kingstown has spent time working in retail, restaurants...
UPDATING THE PATH A new collaboration between the Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state, with support from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, is training the next generation of process technicians and chemical operators, positions needed in the brewing, medical research and consumer products industries, among others. The program requires a high school diploma or GED to begin, takes eight weeks of both classroom learning and hands-on training, 
and is free. Here, Clarke Richmond makes circuits to control fluids at the WEC. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD


Paths to manufacturing jobs grow

Perhaps it was an extraordinary run as a major manufacturer in a number of industries, one that kept the state looking backward instead of...
As blumshapiro’s industry leader for its construction and real estate group, Luke Ebersold has significant responsibilities. But his move to Rhode Island has given him personal satisfaction, as well as exposure 
to the state’s workforce-
development programs.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Responsive government helps develop workforce in way industry needs

Luke Ebersold | Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC Rhode Island managing partner Even though I’ve spent the last several years living and working in Connecticut,...

Too many contractors exploit workers

As a state with a lot of competing interests, Rhode Island knows that solving a problem means you’ve got to work together. Today, our...
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