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SCOTT JENSEN, a former R.I. Department of Labor and Training director, announced Friday that he will join the U.S. Department of Commerce to lead workforce strategy for the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors Act. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Former R.I. DLT director Jensen to work for U.S. Commerce

PROVIDENCE – Scott Jensen was among a handful of state department staffing changes that then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made in 2021 when she left...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signs an executive order on Monday authorizing Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee to oversee and manage the fiscal year 2022 state budget. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Raimondo makes staff changes as she prepares to depart for Washington

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made staff changes at three pivotal state departments in consultation with Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, the governor...

SENEDIA accepting applications for internship program via Real Jobs RI

MIDDLETOWN – The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance is accepting applications for its internship program on a rolling basis through Real Jobs Rhode...
TEAMWORK: Robert Tolson, left, Lisa Silvio and Kyle Brown, right, line up beams to be bolted as part of the ironworking segment of Building Futures’ five-week pre-apprenticeship in 2019. Participants construct a 70-foot-by-14-foot project that contains many of the tools, materials and techniques used in building steel structures.   / COURTESY BUILDING FUTURES

Building a future in construction

R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen says the decision by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to allow the construction industry to remain...

DLT launches COVID-19-related job seeker resource platform

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training is launching an online platform called RI Navigator to help job seekers navigate unemployment resources,...

New state partnership with Jobcase to connect job seekers with employment,...

PROVIDENCE - The state will partner with a national technology company to create a Rhode Island-specific online forum aimed at connecting residents with jobs...

DLT to disburse augmented FEMA unemployment payments in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training said that it will begin disbursing funds to unemployed workers from the Federal Emergency Management...
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...
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