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STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting.  
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Tight labor market demands competitive pay

The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years.For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000...
GROWING SECTOR: Lori Mayer, left, a veteran pediatric intensive care nurse at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, speaks with Abigail King, another PICU nurse. The state is projected to add 860 registered nurse jobs by 2026, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.
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Job growth in R.I. is expected to come at the top...

If you don’t catch on at the top of Rhode Island’s labor market, you may slip all the way to the bottom.That’s because the...
RHODE ISLAND'S SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED unemployment rate and the number of unemployed residents remained unchanged from October to November. Unemployment declined 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. Nov. unemployment rate remains level from Oct., down over year

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.8 percent – the same as October – according to the R.I. Department of...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Labor and Training has announced the 2019 Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance rates.

DLT releases 2019 Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance rates

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced the 2019 Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance rates Monday.The taxable UI wage base...
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Most-read stories on PBN.com, Nov. 2018

1 More than 40 local nursing homes earn ‘Best Nursing Home’ honor from U.S. NewsPOSTED ONLINE: OCT. 30More than 40 nursing homes and assisted...
TAKING STOCK: Volunteers Ruth Balzano, left, and Dorothy Villani stock food at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in Providence. Villani said the food bank has lost a lot of volunteers over the years, while Balzano said donations are distributed quickly and more are always needed. / PBN PHOTO / EMILY GOWDEY-BACKUS

Each year Rhode Islanders face the ever-present need for food, clothing...

On a rainy, mid-November morning, five longtime volunteers sorted donations at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank headquarters in Providence.Aged 68 to 84 and...
RHODE ISLAND'S seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall in October to 3.8 percent. October 2018 marks the sixth month of declines for the measure, declining 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Steady unemployment declines continue into Oct.

PROVIDENCE – In its sixth month of either 0.2 or 0.1 percentage point dips, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued its decline...
PROVANT HEALTH filed a notice with the R.I. Department of Labor and Training that it was laying off 94 workers and closing, following a previous announcement that the Kansas-based company had declared bankruptcy and had been acquired by a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

Provant Health to lay off 92 workers, close following acquisition

WARWICK – Hooper Holmes Inc., doing business as Provant Health, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice, or WARN, with the R.I. Department of...
Calculating rising demand Continuing a national trend that started at the turn of the century, demand for accountants in Rhode Island has risen over recent years by a significant amount, with growth expected to continue in the coming decade. Driven by retiring baby boomers, as well as an organic industry demand and people changing career paths, the state has seen increased enrollment in accounting education programs and faculty growth at the undergraduate and graduate level.*The 2016-2026 report used a new methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that the DLT says more accurately measures the movement of workers who jump from industry to industry without leaving the workforce, thus creating a potentially much larger demand for workers in any one discipline. / Source: R.I. Department of Labor and Training

Can colleges help fill projected job openings?

Job-prediction reports published by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training consistently reflect an increasing call for accountants in the state.In October, the state...
IN ITS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF DECLINE, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.9 percent in September per the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Slow, steady decline in unemployment stretches into September

PROVIDENCE – Continuing its slow and steady decline, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.9 percent in September,...
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