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RHODE ISLAND 2017 UNEMPLOYMENT rate average declined 0.7 percentage points year over year to 4.5 percent. / COURTESY BLS

BLS: R.I. avg. 2017 unemployment declines, employment-population ratio ticks up

PROVIDENCE – The average unemployment rate in Rhode Island in 2017 was 4.5 percent, a 0.7 percentage point decline from the state’s 2016 average...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has named Daniel P. McConaghy chairman of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and William Foulkes chairman of the Council on Post-Secondary Education. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Do you think Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is doing a good...

With nearly a year to go before the next election for governor, the contenders in the race are coming to the fore. Republicans House...
RHODE ISLAND'S 1.1 percentage point decline in its unemployment rate from September 2016 to September 2017 was the third-largest among the states.

R.I. among national leaders in year-over-year jobless rate change

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island had the third-largest year-over-year decline in its unemployment rate in the nation (and the largest in New England) in September,...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN the Providence metro area declined 0.9 percentage points to 4.3 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted, year-over-year basis. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Report: Providence metro unemployment 4.3% in August

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, in the Providence metropolitan area decreased 0.9 percentage points year over year to 4.3 percent in August, according...
RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT was the second highest in New England in August, but fell more percentage points than any other state in the region. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I. August unemployment falls fastest in New England

PROVIDENCE - The unemployment rate in Rhode Island in August was the second-highest in New England but declined by a greater rate than any...

Payroll gain of 209,000, wage rise show U.S. labor strength

NEW YORK - The United States labor market hit its stride in July, as employers added workers at a solid clip, the jobless rate...
A 16-YEAR LOW unemployment rate and a record-high number of job openings are good news for recruiters and workers that are looking to jump ship. / BLOOMBERG

It’s boom times for recruiters as U.S. job market tightens

NEW YORK - It’s hardly ever been a better, or busier, time to be a recruiter in America. Chris Nace - who’s done such work...
Employees polish pocket knives at the W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. manufacturing facility in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday. The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release factory orders figures on April 4. / BLOOMBERG / TY WRIGHT

Payrolls in U.S. rise by 211,000; jobless rate falls to 4.4%

NEW YORK - U.S. payroll gains rebounded in April by more than forecast and the jobless rate unexpectedly fell to 4.4 percent, signaling that...
THE PROVIDENCE-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was among 336 metropolitan areas with unemployment rates lower in March than they were in March 2016.

Providence metro’s unemployment rate falls to 4.8% in March

PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was among 336 metropolitan areas with unemployment rates lower in March than they were in March 2016,...
JOBLESS RATES were lower in March than a year earlier in 18 states and stable in 32 states and the District of Columbia, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

R.I. posts fourth largest unemployment rate decrease in March

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island recorded the fourth-largest year-over-year decrease in its unemployment rate among the 50 states in March, dropping 1.1 percentage points to 4.3...
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