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PLENTY OF PROJECTS: Jonathan Yaghjian, left, project manager, and Kurtis Quinn, a carpenter apprentice with Cranston-based Pariseault Builders Inc., work on the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House on the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown. While many businesses were forced to close their doors 
for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pariseault continued to work on a number of multimillion-dollar projects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Builders: Have work, will train

Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept many Rhode Islanders close to home for much of 2020, Pariseault Builders Inc. didn’t slow down. With construction deemed an...
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate was 5.8% in August, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from July, but a decline from 12.6% in August 2020. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

R.I. unemployment rate edges upward in August

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's economic recovery appears to have stagnated in August. The state unemployment rate was 5.8% in August, an increase from 5.7% in...
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...

We Make RI manufacturing training fair to help unemployed reenter workforce

CRANSTON – Manufacturing training organization We Make RI will host an in-person training fair on Wednesday. Workforce development organizations that will be on hand include...
COVID CASUALTY: Stephanie lgoe stands in front of the former Hallworth House building in Providence, a nonprofit nursing home where she served as administrator before it closed in the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

UNCLEAR CARNAGE: Just how badly has pandemic hurt R.I.’s small businesses?

Heather Wall still gets emotional when she drives past the empty storefront on Frenchtown Road in North Kingstown. The darkened space in Hunt River Commons...
GET READY: ­Jessica Schachter Jewell, a labor and employment attorney in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Providence office, says all Rhode Island businesses should prepare for the new pay equity law before it goes into ­effect. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Under R.I. equity measure, firms may need wage audit

Rhode Island’s new pay equity law is still more than a year away from taking effect, but Ocean State businesses should be taking steps...

R.I. unemployment rate ticks down to 5.8% in July

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island unemployment rate in July was 5.8%, a slight decline from 5.9% one month prior and a drop from 14%...
TRAINING HUB: Jennifer Menard, left, interim vice president of economic and business development at Bristol Community College, and Laura Douglas, college president, stand outside the future home of the school’s National Offshore Wind Institute on the New Bedford waterfront. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unchartered training: How does region build workforce for new wind sector?

Toiling hundreds of feet above the open ocean, sometimes amid stormy weather and battering waves, technicians in the offshore wind industry need not only...
MORE THAN 40,000 Rhode Islanders are set to lose unemployment benefits on Sept. 4 as several COVID-19-related federal programs expire. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SAKUMA

DLT: Over 40K to lose benefits in R.I. as federal unemployment...

PROVIDENCE – Over 40,000 individuals in Rhode Island are set to have their unemployment benefits expire on Sept. 4, as several COVID-19-related federal unemployment...
THERE WERE 57,855 Rhode Islanders that collected unemployment benefits last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON

Weekly R.I. continuing claims decline by over 1.6K

PROVIDENCE – The number of people collecting weekly continuing unemployment benefits in Rhode Island declined by 1,665 to 57,855 last week, the R.I. Department...

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