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SMALL BUSINESSES in the U.S. reported it was a bit easier to hire in December despite a tight job market. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Smaller share of U.S. small businesses unable to fill positions

WASHINGTON – United States small businesses found it a little easier to fill jobs in December, consistent with a moderating, yet still-robust, labor market,...
A SURVEY FOUND THAT 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months . / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Share of U.S. small businesses planning higher pay nears record

WASHINGTON – As a tight labor market makes filling positions more difficult, 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months,...
BUY LOCAL: Annie Philbrick, standing, owner of Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, visits with customers in 2017. The shop is one of many Rhode Island businesses hoping shoppers buy local this holiday season. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

When local retailers do well, so does rest of the state

The National Retail Federation is projecting another strong holiday shopping season, with retail sales up between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018. Many local communities...

Coming to Rhode Island?

What size businesses are most needed in Rhode Island? Any-sized businesses: 53.9% Midsized businesses: 46.1% Small businesses: 0% Large corporations: 0% Which industries are most needed in Rhode Island?...

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