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THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in the Providence metro area, seasonally unadjusted, declined to 3.8% in August. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

Providence metro unemployment declines in Aug.

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area declined 0.2 percentage points year over year to 3.8% in August, seasonally unadjusted,...
UNITED STATES jobless claims rose 3,000 to a three-week high of 213,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

U.S. jobless claims increase to three-week high of 213,000

WASHINGTON – Filings for United States unemployment benefits rose for a second week but remained near historically low levels, a sign the labor market...
RHODE ISLAND'S JOBLESS RATE fell to 3.6% in August, but it came in at the highest rate in New England along with Connecticut, according to statistics released Friday. / COURTESY U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I., Conn. bring up rear for jobless rates in N.E.

WASHINGTON – While Rhode Island’s August seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6% may have been one-tenth of a percentage point below the national rate...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE for Rhode Island stood at 3.6% in August, a decline from 3.9% a year earlier, but an increase of joblessness of one-tenth of a percentage point from July. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Jobs grow as R.I. jobless rate falls from year ago

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw a month-over-month increase in August, rising to 3.6% after hitting 3.5% in July, according to...
THE AVERAGE WEEKLY wage in Rhode Island increased 1.8% year over year through the end of the first quarter, the slowest rate in New England. Employment in the state increased 0.8% in that time, the third-lowest rate in the region. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

BLS: Avg. weekly wage in R.I. increases 1.8% Y/Y in Q1

PROVIDENCE – The average weekly wage in Rhode Island increased 1.8% year over year through the end of the first quarter of 2019 to...
RHODE ISLAND had the second-highest unemployment rate in New England, despite a nearly half-percentage point decline year over year. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

R.I. still has second highest unemployment rate in N.E.

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island in July was the second highest in New England, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor...
R.I. UNEMPLOYMENT declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5%. The number of Rhode Island-based jobs increased in that time, but the number of employed Rhode Islanders declined. The labor force also shrank by 2,500 people year over year.

As R.I. unemployment declines and jobs grow, labor force shrinks

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.5% in July, according to the R.I. Department...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in the Providence metro area was 3.4% in June, not seasonally adjusted. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

Providence metro unemployment rate drops to 3.4% in June

PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points to 3.4% in June, not seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau...
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points year over year in June to 3.6%. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment lowers to 3.6% in June

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment for Rhode Islanders declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 3.6% in June, according to the R.I. Department of Labor...
WHILE THE LOW JOBLESS RATE has grabbed headlines, a more clear look at the state of the economy gives a lot of reasons to doubt how well it is doing. / GETTY IMAGES/DREW ANGERER

Opinion: The myth of the tight U.S. labor market

NEW YORK – As the U.S. election cycle gets underway, expect much debate over just how strong the economy really is after becoming the...
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