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FUTURE WORKFORCE? Rhode Island high school students participating in a career pathway program for offshore wind jobs ride in a boat circling a Block Island Wind Farm turbine. /  COURTESY LUCKY DAWG PHOTOGRAPHY/DOUG LEARNED

A reversal of fortune on jobs front

WORKFORCE After working for years to create new jobs in Rhode Island, state labor officials have been faced with an unusual problem recently. In some...

R.I. monthly labor market data raises accuracy questions

PROVIDENCE – If the state’s monthly labor market report should usually be taken with a grain of salt, the latest statistics call for a...
U.S. LABOR SECRETARY Martin J. Walsh, left, participates Monday in a panel discussion about workforce development at Building Futures, a Providence-based job training program. At right in Gov. Daniel J. McKee. PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

U.S. Labor Secretary Walsh hears about R.I.’s workforce issues during tour

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh toured Rhode Island with state leaders on Monday to learn about the state's workforce challenges and needs...

DLT: 536 R.I. companies, 186K workers subject to Biden vaccine/test requirement

PROVIDENCE – Fewer than 2% of private state employers would be subject to the new vaccine and testing mandates announced by the Biden administration,...
MATTHEW WELDON, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says communication with the unemployed people who have lost their federal unemployment benefits is crucial to get them matched up with a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Getting the unemployed to take unfilled jobs isn’t so simple

About 45,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their federal unemployment benefits, but prodding them back into the workforce to ease a labor shortage in some...
An estimated 45,000 Rhode Islanders are losing federal unemployment benefits ending this month.  / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

End of federal payments leaves thousands in need of jobs

The state in May resisted calls from some business groups to end supplemental federal unemployment benefits months early to help fill thousands of job...

DLT director anxious over end of federal unemployment benefits

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Labor & Training Director Matthew Weldon has one message to the 45,000 Rhode Islanders slated to see their federal...

DLT: Data shows unemployment benefits changes are working

PROVIDENCE – Two weeks after the state made changes to unemployment benefits with the intention of getting people back to work, R.I. Department of Labor...

Unemployment fraud claims continue to put RIers’ identities at risk

PROVIDENCE – Pandemic restrictions may be ending, but fraudsters masquerading as unemployed Rhode Islanders seeking government benefits are alive and well. The R.I. Department of...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS have made changes to the unemployment insurance benefits, which will go into effect on May 23. The changes are intended to persuade more people to return to the workforce. / AP FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Will changes to R.I.’s unemployment policies ease hiring woes?

The age-old debate between academia and the business world has resurfaced, this time over whether generous unemployment insurance benefits are to blame for employers’...
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