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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,...
THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has called on federal leaders to expand funding to business lending programs relate to COVID-19. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls for more funding for COVID-19 lending...

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne P. Clark sent a letter to the leaders of Congress April 10 calling for increased funding...
NEEDING MORE: R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott R. Jensen says the new federal overtime rule for salaried employees, while an improvement, doesn’t reflect “modern realities.” 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does new federal overtime rule go far enough for salaried workers?

An additional 1.3 million U.S. workers – including tens of thousands in Rhode Island – will be eligible for premium overtime pay now that...
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE President Thomas Donohue urged the president to resolve his differences with Congress over a border wall and ease tariffs in the chamber's annual address. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Top U.S. business lobby takes on Trump over shutdown, trade

NEW YORK - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took on President Donald Trump over the partial government shutdown and trade tensions, urging him to resolve...

Survey: Small businesses feel strain of not finding enough talent

PROVIDENCE – Many small-business owners are having a tough time finding workers with the skills they need, forcing them and their employees to work...
THE U.S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE estimated that $59 million in Rhode Island exports are at risk for tariff retaliation due to tariffs announced by the Trump Administration.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Tariffs threaten to impact $59M of R.I....

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimated that Rhode Island has $59.3 million in exports threatened by tariff retaliation due to announced U.S....
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION announced tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and pledged additional investment restrictions. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/QILAI SHEN

Trump’s China tariffs met with retaliation vow from Beijing

NEW YORK - The Trump administration moved the United States to the edge of a trade war with China by announcing tariffs on $50 billion...

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