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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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