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Congress must act to ensure digital equity

In our 21st-century modern society, the importance of high-speed internet for every individual and household cannot be understated. Internet access enables people to search...

Is R.I.’s rate of new business starts a problem?

At first glance, the Rhode Island business community’s growth during the COVID-19 pandemic looks impressive: since 2019, new business applications have shot up by...

R.I. business applications up 30% over pre-pandemic levels

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has seen a nearly 30% increase in new business applications since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of...

Business groups urge Congress to block potential rail strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Business groups are increasing the pressure on lawmakers to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month's deadline in...

Tips to overcome hiring struggle

There is a battle going on across America. It’s a battle to attract workers amid nationwide staff shortages. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has termed...
COVID CASUALTY: Stephanie lgoe stands in front of the former Hallworth House building in Providence, a nonprofit nursing home where she served as administrator before it closed in the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

UNCLEAR CARNAGE: Just how badly has pandemic hurt R.I.’s small businesses?

Heather Wall still gets emotional when she drives past the empty storefront on Frenchtown Road in North Kingstown. The darkened space in Hunt River Commons...

Brown joins legal brief to block new federal visa rules

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-five colleges, including Brown University, filed an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in California on Oct. 30 asking the court to...
BROWN UNIVERSITY is one of 25 colleges that filed Oct. 30 an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in California asking the court to block the federal government from implementing new rules that would restrict H-1B visa eligibility. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown joins legal brief to block new federal visa rules

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-five colleges, including Brown University, filed an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in California on Oct. 30 asking the court to...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING Director Scott R. Jensen says the state’s quick reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and its transparency in releasing unemployment data has skewed how Rhode Island’s workforce appears to be faring in comparison with other states. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I.’s jobless numbers standing out

Early indicators suggest the economic shutdown created by the new coronavirus may be hitting the labor force in Rhode Island harder than in most...
RHODE ISLAND has been identified by multiple reports as having one of the highest rate of unemployment filings as a share of labor force in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA

Reports: R.I. unemployment filings as share of workforce rank among highest...

PROVIDENCE – Two reports have found that Rhode Island has been one of the hardest-hit states in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
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