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FGX INTERNATIONAL INC. laid off over 340 workers at its location in Smithfield as part of a larger round of layoffs due to the impact of COVID-19 on the business.

FGX International Inc. lays off 341 in Smithfield as part of...

SMITHFIELD – FGX International Inc. has filed notice with the state of a mass layoff of 341 workers at the company’s location here, citing...
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE filings due to COVID-19 have reached 137,754. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

COVID-19 unemployment insurance claims reach 137,754 in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment insurance claims attributable to COVID-19 increased 1,730 Wednesday to total 137,754, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. Unemployment claims...
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE claims due to COVID-19 passed 136,000 as of Tuesday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

UI claims due to COVID-19 pass 136K

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,773 on Tuesday, to 136,024, according to the R.I. Department of...
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE claims due to COVID-19 passed 134,000 in Rhode Island on Monday. / AP FILE PHOTO/ PAUL SANCYA

COVID-19 UI claims pass 134K

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment insurance filings due to COVID-19 increased by 1,721 on Monday, to a total 134,251, the R.I. Department of Labor reported. Total UI...
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FILINGS in Rhode Island due to COVID-19 reached 132,530 as of Sunday. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

COVID-19-related UI claims reach 132.5K in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment insurance filings in Rhode Island related to COVID-19 increased 1,236 on Sunday to 132,530, according to the R.I. Department of Labor...

COVID-19 UI claims reach 127,150 in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Filings for unemployment insurance due to COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 2,354 on Thursday, to 127,150. All UI filings since March 9...
PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Shutdown of R.I. training programs could have lingering effect

You can’t learn to drive a tractor-trailer over Zoom. Which is why the Teamsters ­Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Labor and Training will receive $2.3 million in federal grant money to assist Rhode Island workers that have been impacted by economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

DLT to receive $2.3M for worker assistance

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will receive $2.3 million in federal Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the Coronavirus Aid,...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in Rhode Island in March, just prior to mass shutdowns of businesses and schools, increased 1 percentage point year over year to 4.6%. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment in March hits 4.6% ahead of COVID-19 shutdowns

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6% in March, a 1 percentage point increase year over year, according to the...
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE filings in Rhode Island due to COVID-19 neared 125,000 as of Wednesday.

COVID-19 unemployment filings approach 125K in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's unemployment insurance claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased by 2,717 Wednesday to total 124,796, the R.I Department of Labor...

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