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R.I. August unemployment rate 3rd lowest in New England

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the third-lowest unemployment rate in New England in August at 2.8%, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of...

Suffering unequal when food prices skyrocket

THE COST OF EGGS AND BREAD is soaring – a trend that’s particularly punishing for the poorest Americans. Average food prices climbed at an annualized rate...
STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.
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Rank and file revival: New kind of labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...

R.I. May unemployment rate 3rd lowest in New England

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the third-lowest unemployment rate in New England in May at 2.9%, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY has established a new School of Behavioral Sciences. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant University establishes new School of Health and Behavioral Sciences

SMITHFIELD – Citing the need to address growing demand for health care experts and preparing students in STEM fields, Bryant University has established a...

Report: R.I. has 30th fastest-growing economy in nation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was ranked as the 30th fastest-growing economy in the nation between 2020 and 2021, according to a report released Tuesday...

More Americans apply for jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week but the total number of people collecting jobless aid is at its lowest...

R.I. March jobless rate 3rd-lowest in New England

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the third-lowest unemployment rate in New England in March at 3.4%, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau...
TRAINING DAYS: Brown University medical students Anthony Formicola, left, and Thi My Linh Tran talk while on duty on the labor and delivery floor at Care New England Health System’s Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.  / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Brown’s prescription: Will latest failed merger end the university’s bid for...

The dream, as Brown University leaders described it, included Providence’s Jewelry District filled with biotech companies spun off from discoveries made by an “integrated...
MEMBERS OF the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328 hold a one-day strike outside the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth last June to protest what union members said was an unfair labor practice. Federal labor data indicates union membership among Rhode Island's workforce declined in 2021. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Pandemic causing shifts in R.I. union membership

Rhode Island remains one of the most unionized states in the country, but the percentage of union members among its workforce dropped from 17.8%...
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