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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 Training1. 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...
STERLING STAFF: Chad Cimini, right, president of Cimini & Associates, with employees at the manufacturer’s facility in Westerly, as they work with sterling silver tubing. From left, Maldonado Ruben, background, mill operator; Neptaly Duque, mill operator; Betty Nunez, mill operator; and Cimini.
 / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

State officials seek funds for Real Jobs RI as federal cuts...

Chad Cimini, president of Cimini & Associates Inc., is a fan of Real Jobs Rhode Island.The state workforce-development program has helped connect unemployed and...
ROOM TO GROW: Scott Jensen, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, and Miellette ­McFarlane, interim program director, say when it comes to potential areas for job growth, the state’s strength is in defense manufacturing, with cybersecurity also a great opportunity for growth. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘[Government] has to move at the speed of business’

Real Jobs RI is a central job-training program created under the state Department of Labor and Training in 2016. It is a demand-driven, workforce...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA and state officials have announced a Real Jobs Rhode Island partnership designed to train city residents in the health care and social service sectors. The program is supported by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Training. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Providence launches PVD Healthworks to boost health care, social assistance workforce

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the city’s Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull met with state officials and health industry representatives Friday...
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