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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 partnerEven 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...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job...
RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.7% in April. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

DLT: RI’s unemployment declines in April as jobs added

PROVIDENCE –  The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly in April as 5,000 more jobs were added year over year, according to the...

More good jobs will improve R.I.’s personal income

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has been on a mission for more than four years now to grow the number and improve the quality and...

Employers getting ‘skin’ in job training

Part of Rhode Island’s economic future depends on the state’s ability to keep pushing the envelope on job training, and that includes getting employers...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...
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