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IN DEMAND: In order to keep up with construction-worker demand, Gilbane Building Co. has raised the wage for new hires and hourly pay for summer interns. Pictured on a job site are Danielle Crafford, general superintendent, and Mitchell Sinnott, pipe fitter.
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Growing projects, added industries seeking workers leave construction pool thin

Four months after the state’s voting public approved two statewide and eight local bond measures investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Rhode Island...
PROVIDENCE METRO AREA UNEMPLOYMENT in June declined 0.5 percentage points year over year to 3.8 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Providence metro unemployment declines to 3.8% in June

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 3.8 percent in June, a 0.5 percentage point drop from 4.3 percent in June...

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Have you ever left a meeting feeling equally or more confused than when it began? If so, you’re not alone.Consider the following statistics:• According...
CPI IN THE NORTHEAST region increased by 1.7 percent year over year in October. / COURTESY BLS

BLS: N.E. CPI increased 1.7% in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – The consumer price index for all items in the Northeast region increased 1.7 percent year over year in October, not seasonally adjusted,...
RHODE ISLAND HAD THE highest unemployment rate in New England in January, along with Connecticut.

R.I. had 2nd highest unemployment in N.E. in Nov.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the second highest November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New England, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau...
THE PROVIDENCE COUNTY average weekly wage rose 1.5 percent year over year to $1,016 in the second quarter of 2017. / COURTESY BLS

BLS: Providence County 2Q employment grew 0.5 percent

PROVIDENCE – Employment in the 2017 second quarter (measured in June) in Providence County was 287,200, a 0.5 percent increase year over year, according...
RHODE ISLAND'S 1.1 percentage point decline in its unemployment rate from September 2016 to September 2017 was the third-largest among the states.

R.I. among national leaders in year-over-year jobless rate change

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island had the third-largest year-over-year decline in its unemployment rate in the nation (and the largest in New England) in September,...
U.S. NONFARM PAYROLLS fell an unexpected 33,000 in September. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MATTHEW STAVER

U.S. payrolls fall 33,000 on storms; jobless rate drops to 4.2%

NEW YORK - The number of workers on United States payrolls declined last month for the first time since 2010, reflecting major disruptions from...
RHODE ISLAND UNEMPLOYMENT was the second highest in New England in August, but fell more percentage points than any other state in the region. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I. August unemployment falls fastest in New England

PROVIDENCE - The unemployment rate in Rhode Island in August was the second-highest in New England but declined by a greater rate than any...
THE MAY CPI for the Northeast increased 1.7 percent year over year. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Northeast CPI up 1.7% in May

PROVIDENCE -The Northeast consumer price index for urban consumers rose by 1.7 percent in May year over year, according to the Bureau of Labor...
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