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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...
THE PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment rate was 3.4% in May, level with the national rate. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence metro unemployment declines in May along with labor force

PROVIDENCE – The nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area declined 0.3 percentage points year over year to 3.4%, according to...
RHODE ISLAND'S unemployment rate in May was the second highest rate in New England. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

BLS: R.I. unemployment rate second highest in N.E.

PROVIDENCE – The 3.6% unemployment rate in Rhode Island in May was the second highest in New England, ahead of Connecticut, according to the...
RHODE ISLAND unemployment declined 0.4 percentage points uear over year to 3.6% in May but coincided with a 0.59% decline in the labor force. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment declines to 3.6% in May

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall last month, hitting 3.6%, according to the R.I. Department of Labor Thursday.The number...

NEBHE report: Income data shows college education remains great value

PROVIDENCE – Yes, a college education has gotten expensive, but a new report from the New England Board of Higher Education says the costs...
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