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THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent in December 2017, marking its second consecutive increase. / COURTESY OF THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment rate climbs for second consecutive month

PROVIDENCE – In a second consecutive month, Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent in December, according to a...

GWB releases solicitation for statewide career readiness intermediary

PROVIDENCE – The Governor’s Workforce Board is seeking a statewide career-readiness intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career-readiness activities.According to a Jan. 8...
BOLD MOVE: Lisa Bisaccia, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for CVS Health, was part of the leadership team behind the company’s unprecedented decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores. / PBN PHOTO/
RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Apprenticeships [are a] powerful tool for job growth’

Lisa Bisaccia, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for CVS Health, is responsible for the management of all human resources functions for...

R.I. unemployment rate increases 0.1% in November

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points from its October 2017 measurement to 4.3 percent in November 2017,...
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Five Questions With Brian J. Murphy

Brian J. Murphy | Chairman and CEO of Home Loan Investment Bank, president of Rhode Island Bankers Association1. What are your responsibilities as...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO and the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced another unemployment insurance tax rate reduction that will take effect at the start of the 2018 calendar year. PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo announces UI reduction for 2018

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will lower unemployment insurance tax rates next year, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Wednesday.The governor’s...
BARE NECESSITIES: Jessica Kowal drinks tea with her fiancé, Aaron, at their East Side apartment in Providence. The couple had to get rid of some possessions they didn’t have room for.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


A soft market for traditional antiques has some R.I. sellers finding...

For the past eight years Jessica Kowal has lived a peripatetic lifestyle, calling Cranston and four Providence apartments home since graduating Providence College in...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced the relaunch of Design Catalyst, a program created to spur growth in design-driven small businesses in Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza announces relaunch of design-based small-business grant program

PROVIDENCE – The Design Catalyst program will be relaunched this year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced Monday.The program will provide qualifying businesses with $90,000...
RHODE ISLAND'S seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same – 4.2 percent – from September to October, / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

October sees R.I. unemployment hold steady

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same – 4.2 percent – from September to October, according to a Thursday release...
FIRST APPRENTICESHIP: Coventry-based SeaScape Lawn Care Inc. was chosen by the R.I. Nursery and Landscaping ­Association to host the industry’s first apprenticeship program. From left, James Wilkinson, president, and Michael ­Graeminger, senior lawn technician, with their motorized fertilizer spreader. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An education in lawn care

SeaScape Lawn Care Inc.’s owner and president, James Wilkinson, has always taken an interest in the education and skills of his workers.“ never been...
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