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MAN AND MACHINE: Joseph Matthews, president of Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. in Westerly, explains the features of a sheeter, a piece of precision manufacturing equipment that Maxson produces for other companies. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A CUT ABOVE: Maxson’s precision machines keep other manufacturers in business

(Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...

R.I. unemployment rate swells to 3.4%

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4% in October, up three-tenths of a percentage point from September, the R.I. Department of...
THE "SUPERMAN" BUILDING, at left, is one of two high-profile downtown Providence projects that are inking a tax stabilization agreement with city officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

2 high-profile projects sidestep new rules for tax deals in Providence

After strengthening wage protections and increasing minority-business participation requirements for developers looking to get tax deals with the city, the Providence City Council appears...

R.I. unemployment rises to 3.1% in September

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1% in September, up three-tenths of a percentage point from August, the R.I. Department of...

Many banks consolidating jobs as economy shifts

While restaurants and retailers were laying off their workers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, banks embarked on a hiring spree in the...

R.I. unemployment rate ticks up to 2.8% in August

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8% in August, up one-tenth of a percentage point from July, the R.I. Department of...
Elizabeth M. Tanner / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Elizabeth M. Tanner

Elizabeth M. Tanner | Secretary of commerce, Rhode Island 1. How will you use your experience at the R.I. Department of Business Regulation in this new...

R.I. unemployment rate stands at record-low 2.7% in July

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7% in July, unchanged from June and matching the lowest rate on record, the R.I....

R.I. manufacturing sector sees increased jobs, worker earnings in June

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector experienced a boost in jobs, earnings and hours from May to June, as well as year over year...

R.I. unemployment rate dips to record low 2.7%

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s economic recovery continued in June with the monthly unemployment rate dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from May to 2.7%,...
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