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GET READY: ­Jessica Schachter Jewell, a labor and employment attorney in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Providence office, says all Rhode Island businesses should prepare for the new pay equity law before it goes into ­effect. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Under R.I. equity measure, firms may need wage audit

Rhode Island’s new pay equity law is still more than a year away from taking effect, but Ocean State businesses should be taking steps...
BLOUNT FINE FOODS CORP. CEO and President Todd Blount speaks with an employee at the company's Fall River facility. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Clam cakes and chowder? Pulling out stops to attract workers

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending Rhode Island’s job market, employers are desperate to fill positions, utilizing creative tactics to draw new employees. Due to high...

BLS: Boston area workers see 2.9% annual earnings increase

PROVIDENCE – Workers in the Greater Boston-Providence-Worcester area saw pay and benefits increase 2.9% from March 2020 to March 2021, according to new data...
FLEXIBLE: Patricia Steere, owner of Steere Engineering Inc., allows employees with young children to adjust their hours because of an increase in remote learning. Steele, herself, had the experience of balancing work with family needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s ‘she-cession’: Pandemic knocks many women out of workforce, and some...

After a three-month maternity leave, Jill Boni was eager to return to her job as director of Bright Start ­Academy, a Smithfield preschool. That never...

Study finds Providence No. 3 in U.S. for health care jobs

PROVIDENCE – A new study rates Providence as the third-best city in the nation for working in the health care industry. The Creative Capital scored...

Providence metro unemployment rate hits 18.2% in April

PROVIDENCE – The nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area in April was 18.2%, an increase from 3.3% one year prior,...
THE PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment rate rose to 4.9% in mid-March, prior to the shutdown on nonessential businesses in the area due to COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Before COVID-19 shutdown, Providence metro unemployment rate rises to 4.9% in...

PROVIDENCE – The nonseasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 0.9 percentage points year over year to 4.9% in March, ...
COMPENSATION COSTS in the Boston-Worcester-Providence consolidated statistical area increased 2.7% year over year in September. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Compensation costs in Boston-Worcester-Providence area increase 2.7% Y/Y in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – Total compensation for private-industry workers, including wages, salaries and employer costs for employee benefits, increased 2.7% year over year in September in...
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.

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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