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A NEW PATH: Sahel Lopez-Best, center, and Pamela Rodriguez, right, are students in the Year Up Providence business-writing class. Year Up provides young adults from across Rhode Island a path to a career by putting them to work for a year – six months in the classroom learning workplace skills and six months interning in a chosen field. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Year Up trains for a ‘middle-skill’ future

Excellence at Nonprofit | Year Up Providence On a Wednesday afternoon, Year Up Providence’s offices are buzzing. Students – mostly minority from families with low...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has named Daniel P. McConaghy chairman of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and William Foulkes chairman of the Council on Post-Secondary Education. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Do you think Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is doing a good...

With nearly a year to go before the next election for governor, the contenders in the race are coming to the fore. Republicans House...
RHODE ISLAND HAS SEEN significant growth in construction employment over the last 12 months, ranking No. 2 in the nation for percentage growth according to Associated General Contractors of America statistics released Friday. / COURTESY ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA

R.I. percentage growth for construction jobs second highest in U.S. in...

WASHINGTON – With 13.7 percent growth in construction jobs for the year ended Sept. 30, Rhode Island ranked second in the nation, beaten out...
RHODE ISLAND'S 1.1 percentage point decline in its unemployment rate from September 2016 to September 2017 was the third-largest among the states.

R.I. among national leaders in year-over-year jobless rate change

WASHINGTON – Rhode Island had the third-largest year-over-year decline in its unemployment rate in the nation (and the largest in New England) in September,...
GETTING THEIR FEET WET: High school students got an introduction to shipbuilding at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol over the summer, thanks to an industry program that continues to grow. / COURTESY RIMTA/BILLY BLACK

Summer shipbuilding program a great idea, but needs follow-up

In a world in which jobs dominate nearly all economic-development discussions, it’s heartening to see industries take it upon themselves to help develop the...
RHODE ISLAND'S JOB RECOVERY from the Great Recession was hindered largely by the performance of three sectors, most prominently education and health services, in which employment growth lagged in comparison to average national growth. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Report: R.I. recovery hindered by poor education and health services employment...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s employment growth has lagged behind the rest of the nation following the Great Recession and, according to the Bureau of Labor...
THE PROVIDENCE METRO AREA ranked among the bottom 10 metro areas for millennials in a study of 75 markets. / COURTESY APARTMENT LIST INC.

Study: Providence metro ranks low for millennials

PROVIDENCE – The Providence metropolitan area was ranked among the bottom 10 for living by millennials, according to a study of 75 metro areas...
ROCKY ROADS:: Originally installed as a temporary fix 15 years ago, the braces under the connector for routes 6 and 10 in Providence have deteriorated to the point where they need to be replaced. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is the state doing enough to combat its growing inventory of...

While the Ocean State continues to rank highly in the nation for year-over-year growth in construction industry employment, it is still far behind its...

Tips for building trust among your team

Employee job satisfaction has become an increasingly important metric for understanding the overall well-being of a company’s workforce, as satisfaction is often a driver...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE Providence metro area decreased 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Providence metro unemployment rate drops most in N.E. in June

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in the Providence metropolitan area decreased 0.7 percentage points year over year to 4.3 percent, according to non-seasonally-adjusted labor...
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