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THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE for Rhode Island stood at 3.6% in August, a decline from 3.9% a year earlier, but an increase of joblessness of one-tenth of a percentage point from July. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Jobs grow as R.I. jobless rate falls from year ago

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw a month-over-month increase in August, rising to 3.6% after hitting 3.5% in July, according to...

Davies celebrates opening of new advanced-manufacturing center

LINCOLN – William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School held a ribbon-cutting celebration to open the school’s new advanced-manufacturing center on Aug....
WORKFORCE TRAINING: Julian L. Alssid, Community College of Rhode Island’s vice president of workforce partnerships, observes an adult education math class. CCRI introduced workforce training in math several years ago, and is now doing the same for language with its “Spanish for Survivors” pilot course.
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Giving employers the skills to speak with their workers

The diversification of Rhode Island’s workforce has resulted in a frequent challenge for many employers. Workers may know enough English to perform their jobs,...
A WIND-DOWN company for Toys R Us-Delaware Inc. has sued the state Department of Labor and Training to recoup excess self-insurance funds the company had paid to the state following the company's shuttering and firing of employees in 2018, / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Toys R Us wind-down entity sues DLT for self-insurance funds

PROVIDENCE – The wind-down entity of Toys R Us-Delaware Inc. has sued the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, according to federal court documents...
R.I. UNEMPLOYMENT declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5%. The number of Rhode Island-based jobs increased in that time, but the number of employed Rhode Islanders declined. The labor force also shrank by 2,500 people year over year.

As R.I. unemployment declines and jobs grow, labor force shrinks

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5% in July, according to the R.I. Department...
RHODE ISLAND construction employment increased 3.6% year over year to 19,900 jobs in June. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. construction employment increases 3.6% in June

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment increased 3.6% year over year in June to 19,900 jobs, level with the previous month, according to the...
MAJORITY MARKET: Brian J. Spero, center, CEO and president of The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co., speaks with Michael Lynch, vice president of legal services, and Amy Vitale, vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary. Spero said his company has 60% of the workers’ compensation market for Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legal contractors losing out

Labor laws aren’t supposed to be this flexible.So many companies in the construction industry are misclassifying their workers – paying them less and treating...
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Five Questions With Patricia Octeau

Patricia Octeau | Executive director, Rhode Island Bankers Association1. What are your main duties? My primary duty is to manage our association, which consists...
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points year over year in June to 3.6%. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment lowers to 3.6% in June

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment for Rhode Islanders declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, according to the R.I. Department of Labor...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced the the launch of a commercial construction initiative through the Real Jobs RI worker training program overseen by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Above, working being conducted on the The 6-10 connector, part of the RhodeWorks infrastructure program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Real Jobs RI to create commercial construction training program

PROVIDENCE – The state is expanding the Real Jobs Rhode Island program to cater to commercial construction employers, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday.The...
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