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TEAM APPROACH: Donald R. Nokes, president and founder of NetCenergy, an information technology services firm, converses with employees at their Cranston office. From left, Kelsey Nokes, manager, business systems; Greg Morrell, network engineer; Donald R. Nokes, president; and Chris Aloisio, lead engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?

Donald R. Nokes started NetCenergy, an outsourced information technology firm, about 14 years ago.Today, from its headquarters in Cranston, the company provides IT support...
THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced the results of two workplace fraud cases against two companaies that resulted in $1.3 million in civil penalties and nearly $1 million in back wages for about 200 workers.

DLT announces $1.3M in civil penalties for 2 workplace fraud cases

CRANSTON – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced the outcomes of two fraud cases investigated with the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification...
STORYTELLER: Chris Forte works part time at the Home Depot on Charles Street in Providence, where his responsibilities include retrieving carriages from the parking lot and assisting customers with loading heavy purchases into their cars and trucks. He enjoys telling stories and interacting with customers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Following guide of consent decree, Rhode Island improving opportunities for mentally...

In June 2013, federal investigators filed a complaint in U.S. District Court accusing Providence and Rhode Island of segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental...
CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO

Benny’s closings blow to workers, economy

The Bromberg family decision to close all 31 of its iconic Benny’s stores has tugged at the heartstrings of many nostalgic Rhode Islanders who...
RHODE ISLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 4.3 percent in August. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment holds at 4.3 percent in August

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island in August held steady for the second consecutive month at 4.3 percent, a 1...
PINNACLE LOGISTICS is hiring 300 ranmp and warehouse employees to work shift at T.F. Green Airport, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training Announced Wednesday. / COURTESY THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Logistics company to hire 300 at T.F. Green

WARWICK – Pinnacle Logistics LLC, a Dallas-based logistics company, is looking to recruit 300 workers at T.F. Green Airport, the Business Workforce Center of...
RHODE ISLAND'S SEASONALLY ADJUSTED unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in July. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment grows minimally in July

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw a 0.1 percentage point bump to 4.3 percent in July from June’s 4.2 percent while,...
THE NORTH KINGSTOWN CHAMBER of Commerce won a Real Jobs Implementation Grant to create a career pathway training pipeline for the wind energy technology industry.

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce wins $100K Real Jobs Implementation Grant

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training has granted the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce a $100,000 Real Jobs Implementation Grant,...
NEW DIRECTOR: Dave Chenevert, Rhode Island Manufacturers Association executive director, speaks with Barbara Jackson, executive director of WeMakeRI, in his office. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Dave Chenevert

1. What is your professional background in manufacturing? I owned my own company for 31 years. Swissline Precision Mfg. Inc. was an advanced-manufacturing company...

Rhode Island Builders Association recognizes NEIT project director

FREDERICK GILL, project director at New England Institute of Technology, was recently recognized by the Rhode Island Builders Association with an award of appreciation...
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