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FINAL TOUCHES: The Good 5 Cent Cigar staff at the University of Rhode Island works on the last issue of the semester. Production manager Seamus Fuller points out an online article to managing editor Allie E. Lewis, foreground, while editor-in-chief Emma Gauthier looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Locally owned publications remain viable in parochial Rhode Island. But for...

Looking to expand her social circle, and to become more involved on campus, Allie E. Lewis two years ago decided to join The Good...
STUNNED: Although Linda McDonald, a veteran registered nurse and president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union, knew a merger was coming with Care New England, she was stunned at the size of CNE’s new partner, Boston-based Partners Healthcare, and the number of jobs at stake. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Health care mergers impacting local union members

In one night Care New England dumped a proposed merger with Lifespan Corp. for a deal with Boston-based nonprofit Partners Healthcare, but the idea...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: Heather Hudson, executive director of the Governor’s Workforce Board, talks with Spencer Dickinson, foreground, Prepare RI project director, and Daniel Brown, GWB chief implementation aid, at the R.I. Department of Labor and Training building in Cranston. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Summer work can boost future workforce

“Future-proof your workforce.”That’s the pitch the state is making to connect more Rhode Island teens and young adults with workforce opportunities in various sectors,...
SourceS: R.I. Department of Labor and Training Quarterly census of ­employment and wage data; PBN research / PBN GRAPHIC Lisa Lagreca

In emerging R.I. energy sector, men still dominate

In 2015, the state’s workforce comprised 51 percent men and 48.9 percent women, and women made 77 cents compared to every dollar earned by...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced an expansion of its Summer Youth Employment Program, which received $1.8 million from the Governor's Workforce Board toward that effort.

Summer Youth Employment Program awarded $1.8M

CRANSTON – The Governor’s Workforce Board awarded $1.8 million to the Summer Youth Employment Program, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday....
Rhode Island's unemployment held steady in April, and declined 1.1 percentage points year over year.

Unemployment holds steady at 4.3 percent in April

PROVIDENCE – The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent in April according to a statement released by the R.I. Department...
THE CRANSTON WORKING CITIES Challenge team discussed their winning design grant proposal with Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren and Executive Vice President Jeff Fuhrer. Cranston is one of three teams awarded $400,000. /COURTESY FERDERAL RESERVE RANK OF BOSTON / STEVE OSEMWENKHAE

Cranston, Newport and Providence win Working Cities Challenge grants

PROVIDENCE – Cranston, Newport and Providence each won $400,000 grants in the Rhode Island Working Cities Challenge Competition, the Federal Bank of Boston announced...
The Rhode Island unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in March, the lowest since March 2001, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. /COURTESY DLTRI

DLT: Jobless rate falls to 4.3% in March

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in March, the lowest since March 2001, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training...

The state has handed out millions of dollars in incentives to...

Government incentives tied to job creation or real estate development are intended to keep businesses in Rhode Island, attract new employers and spur economic...

Sheku sentenced for UI funds theft

PROVIDENCE – A former senior employment interviewer with the R.I. Department of Labor and Training on April 3 was sentenced to 21 months in federal...
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