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U.S. applications for jobless benefits increased last week 

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but the labor market remains strong even in the face of persistent inflation...

Suddenly, the new U.S. union movement

In a result that could reverberate across the U.S., the independent Amazon Labor Union – first formed in 2020 by Chris Smalls, an Amazon.com...

Report: Nearly 10% of Rhode Island’s employers misclassify workers

PROVIDENCE – Misclassification of workers as independent contractors is a growing problem in the Ocean State, with nearly 10% of Rhode Island employers doing...

U.S. employers shrug off omicron, add 467,000 jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron inflections that sickened millions of workers,...

U.S. jobless claims fall for 2nd straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) – After three consecutive weeks of unemployment claims that appeared to rise in tandem with omicron, fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits...

R.I. unemployment rate ticks up to 5.4% amid largest monthly...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged higher in October as the number of jobs fell for the first time this year,...

Senior care organizations signal alarm bell on staffing shortage

PROVIDENCE – Two senior care organizations say that the labor shortage hampering Rhode Island's long-term care facilities, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, has...
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Five Questions With: Patrick Crowley, National Education Association of Rhode Island...

1. Before COVID-19, what was the most pressing labor issue for teachers? It was the state takeover of Providence public schools and what that...

Retail workers can’t lose

One of the brightest spots in the strong Nov. 2 jobs report was the acceleration in wage growth for workers in the retail industry....

Making capitalism work better for workers

For years, economists have puzzled over a question crucial to the well-being of American workers: Why does the law of supply and demand no...
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