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RHODE ISLAND'S seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent in June 2018. After revisions, this represents the lowest rate the state has seen since 2001. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I.’s 4.3% June unemployment rate mirrors figures last seen in 2001

PROVIDENCE – Falling 0.1 percentage points, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in June according to a report from the...
HIGH-TECH CADAVER: Michael Clancy, center top, an anatomy professor at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College in Providence, works with nursing students on Joy, a synthetic cadaver featuring replaceable muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries made from materials that mimic live tissue.
 / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND NURSES INSTITUTE MIDDLE COLLEGE

Syndaver provides high school students technological edge in nursing

Her name is Joy. She is the quiet type. Joy is 5 feet 2 inches tall. That’s not to say she stands 5-foot-2, because she...

Rhode Island champions innovation

The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium was recently awarded an “Other Transaction Agreement” for undersea and maritime technology prototyping from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center,...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE weekly benefit maximum will increase $10 to $576, the first increase in seven years.

DLT: Unemployment Insurance benefits increase first time in 7 years

PROVIDENCE – New maximum weekly benefit amounts for Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance were announced Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Labor and Training has reminded employers that the new rules for sick and safe time leave take effect July 1.

DLT reminds employers paid sick and safe time leave takes effect...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training is reminding companies that the Healthy Safe Families and Workplaces Act takes effect July 1,...

Gubernatorial candidates differ on lowering tax burden

Most comparative surveys find Rhode Islanders are overtaxed, and most of the candidates running for the governor’s office this year – including the incumbent...
OPPORTUNITY ZONE: Chris Vitale, community-development coordinator for Bristol, stands on Hope Street, one of the areas recently approved by the Treasury Department as an opportunity zone, which will be marketed to developers as a place for ­investment. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Treasury Department approves R.I.’s 25 census tracts for opportunity-zone program

In mid-April, R.I. Commerce Corp. identified 25 low-income census tracts across 15 cities and towns in Rhode Island as opportunity zones, including Bristol’s tract...
AFTER TWO MONTHS at 4.5 percent, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent per R.I. Department of Labor and Training data. / COURTESY R.I. DLT

Unemployment rate falls to 4.4 percent, first decline in 2 months

PROVIDENCE – Breaking a two-month streak at 4.5 percent, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 in May, according...
THE MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE in Rhode Island was $19.45 per hour, 35 cents higher than the hourly wage one year prior. / COURTESY DLT

DLT: R.I. 2017 median hourly wage was $19.45 per hour

PROVIDENCE – The median hourly wage for Rhode Islanders in May 2017 was $19.45 per hour, according to the latest Occupational Employment Statistics survey...

There’s a cost to preserving history. Is R.I. willing to pay...

Rhode Island’s state archives, which include pre-1650 artifacts, have sat in nondescript commercial office space in a Providence flood zone, lacking proper preservation technology,...
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