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TOUGH ROAD AHEAD: Scott R. Jensen, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, knows the state’s $500 million unemployment insurance trust fund is about to take a big hit. He isn’t sure just how big. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. DLT scrambles to absorb brunt of jobless claims

The R.I. Department of Labor and Training found itself in an uncomfortable spotlight during the Great Recession. With thousands of people who were laid...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
ADDED BENEFIT: Luis Melo, a chef in the campus cafeteria at the Citizens Bank headquarters complex in Johnston, takes pizza out of the oven. The oven is one of several amenities the bank has included at the campus to help retain current employees and recruit new ones. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

In banking industry, tasty perks part of recruitment

Amid record-low unemployment levels, competition posed by Boston and New York, and a rapidly aging workforce, Rhode Island financial institutions are searching for the...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...

Davies celebrates opening of new advanced-manufacturing center

LINCOLN – William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School held a ribbon-cutting celebration to open the school’s new advanced-manufacturing center on Aug....
R.I. UNEMPLOYMENT declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5%. The number of Rhode Island-based jobs increased in that time, but the number of employed Rhode Islanders declined. The labor force also shrank by 2,500 people year over year.

As R.I. unemployment declines and jobs grow, labor force shrinks

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5% in July, according to the R.I. Department...

R.I. Manufacturers Association workshop to focus on training resources

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will hold a Training in Manufacturing workshop on Aug. 7 at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Those interested in...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Scott Jensen

Scott Jensen | Director, R.I. Department of Labor and Training 1. What’s the biggest success you’ve had since taking the reins at the DLT...
PROPOSALS FOR Real Jobs Rhode Island grants are due Friday, no later than 3 p.m.

State announces 12 new Real Jobs RI participants

PROVIDENCE – More than $1.5 million in state and federal money will go toward training new and existing employees at a dozen Rhode Island...

Rhode Island restarts a manufacturing legacy

Rhode Island has been making things ever since Europeans arrived on the shores of Narragansett Bay. First it was boats, then textiles and finally...

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