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Take a pay cut, help the economy

The U.S. unemployment rate is hovering around a 16-year low. Job openings are near a record high. So why is it possible to argue...

Restaurants where the jobs are

July was another fine month for jobs, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.3 percent, labor-force participation rising, and nonfarm payroll employment up by...
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...

No bull market for finance jobs

The subject of Wall Street employment came up via my colleague Josh Brown, who mused that this may be the first bull market when...

GE cautious on R.I. job growth

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo last year heralded the arrival of GE Digital, a technology division of General Electric Co., marking a triumphant moment in...

Car sales key to job growth

The rubber is about to meet the road for the U.S. economy. An unlikely candidate, the auto sector, has emerged as the key piece...

The folly of taxpayer subsidies

Recently I urged the R.I. Commerce Corp. board to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s recommendation to pay tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to...

A change of scenery for startups

Sometimes significant news doesn’t make much of a splash, and that was the case for a recent major transaction. PetSmart Inc. last month announced...
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