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PANGEANS: Pangea.app is a startup created to link college students to gigs through an app. From left, Pangeans (users of the app) and Johnson & Wales University sophomores Marc Marasco and Jack Rittereiser with Pangea.app co-founder and CEO Adam Alpert, a Brown University graduate. In the background are JWU sophomores Deanna Tacmo, left, and Sam Farley.
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Pangea.app offers college students a foothold in the gig economy. But...

As an undergraduate history major at Brown University, Adam Alpert did what many cash-poor college students do: He tried to earn extra money any...

Job, economy growth in R.I. are good signs

Two recent economic reports would seem to indicate that Rhode Island is moving in a positive direction.The state’s monthly jobs report for June said...
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Five Questions With Kasim J. Yarn

Kasim J. Yarn | Director, R.I. Office of Veterans Affairs1. What are the greatest challenges today facing veterans in search of employment? One of...
RHODE ISLAND'S SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE held steady at 4.5 percent for the third consecutive month according to a Thursday R.I. Department of Labor and Training release. / COURTESY RIDLT

No budge in R.I. unemployment rate

PROVIDENCE – For a third consecutive month in February, Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 4.5 percent, per a report released by...
SOLE SURVIVOR: Tracy Hartman is the CEO of Yawgoo Valley, the only ski park still in operation in Rhode Island. The business has remained viable by diversifying its offerings, adding a water park in 1991 and a snow-tubing hill in 1995. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Yes, winter is challenging, but should it prevent R.I. from attracting...

Originally established as a ski park in Exeter in 1965, ­Yawgoo Valley celebrates all that the Ocean State has to offer tourists and locals...
ROOM TO GROW: Scott Jensen, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, and Miellette ­McFarlane, interim program director, say when it comes to potential areas for job growth, the state’s strength is in defense manufacturing, with cybersecurity also a great opportunity for growth. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘[Government] has to move at the speed of business’

Real Jobs RI is a central job-training program created under the state Department of Labor and Training in 2016. It is a demand-driven, workforce...
The finished products. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

Steel Yard artisans meld art, function

Walking along a city street in Rhode Island, you do a double-take, smile, maybe nudge a companion and point to a trash can or...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA and state officials have announced a Real Jobs Rhode Island partnership designed to train city residents in the health care and social service sectors. The program is supported by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Training. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Providence launches PVD Healthworks to boost health care, social assistance workforce

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the city’s Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull met with state officials and health industry representatives Friday...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015.On average, he gets about one...
BENRUS CEO GIOVANNI FEROCE settled with the R.I. Department of Labor and Training on Wednesday, reducing payment to the department from $218,000 to about a total of $16,487 for two workers' compensation cases. /COURTESY GIOVANNI FEROCE

Feroce, Benrus and Sky Chiefs settle compensation insurance penalties

PROVIDENCE - Giovanni Feroce, current Benrus LLC CEO, settled two cases in Workers’ Compensation Court on Wednesday. Feroce settled with the Department of Labor...
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