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TARIFF IMPACTS: Rhode Island Manufacturers Association Executive Director David Chenevert said the impact of tariffs and the slowing of the world economy has affected businesses differently in Rhode Island. Manufacturers focused on the aerospace or medical-industry markets are doing fine, he said, because defense spending has increased and the medical industry is growing. Companies producing products for the automotive industry, however, are seeing an impact because auto sales are down nationally.
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U.S. trade war with China has brought pain, uncertainty

The initial tariffs imposed in 2018 on imports from China didn’t affect Cooley Group, a Pawtucket-based company that manufactures an array of engineered materials,...

Five Questions With: Cody J. Fino

The Community College of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Westerly Education Center, Real Jobs Rhode Island and the R.I. Department of Labor and...

Officials to relaunch grant program for small design firms

PROVIDENCE – Small businesses in Providence’s design sector are eligible for grants between $10,000 and $20,000 each under a program that city and state...

SEG announces new Health & Wellness Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse named a new cohort of 12 social ventures from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the organization’s Health and Wellness...
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...
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