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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...
RHODE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT grew at a faster rate than any state in the nation from June 2016 to June 2017.

R.I. tops nation in yearly growth rate for construction employment

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island ranked No. 1 for largest percentage gain in state construction employment year over year in June according to the Associated...

McTiernan wins Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education Award

SUSAN MCTIERNAN, dean of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University, has won the Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Woman in...

R.I. receives high marks for green-energy jobs, ‘solar-energy friendliness’

PROVIDENCE – Renewable-energy jobs, led by solar energy, has increased 66 percent in two years in Rhode Island, according to a recent report from...
A CLEANER ­FUTURE: The Block Island Wind Farm is only the first of many offshore wind energy projects, all of which are designed to replace dirtier, fossil-fuel ­sources of ­electricity. / COURTESY ­DEEPWATER WIND

Local action on climate accord is smart move for R.I. to...

Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, there is much that can be done on...
ABOVE, THE DECEMBER GRADUATES of the Pivot the Hustle Career Readiness Program of Roger Williams University with Adriana I. Dawson. The program provides contemporary workforce preparation for minimum-security inmates in work release. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES

Would you hire someone who has a felony conviction?

With the U.S. unemployment rate falling below what the Federal Reserve considers full employment, many companies are finding it difficult to fill job openings...
DEALS WORTH MAKING: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Jeffrey S. Bornstein, right, senior vice president and chief financial officer for General Electric Co., faced the media following the announcement of GE Digital’s plans to bring 100 jobs to Providence.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo approach doing one thing Chafee’s didn’t: create jobs

One thing about former Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee – he’s consistent. Sort of like how he described himself during the presidential campaign, a “block...
New England as a region has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, while at the same time having the highest total compensation costs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But job growth in the region has been accompanied by a relative lowering of those costs, proven by the positive correlation between changes from 2006 to 2016 in total compensation and the unemployment rate. / Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are New England wages reverting to the mean, thus growing jobs?

At least in terms of unemployment statistics, New ­England must be doing something right. By more than a full percentage point at the end...

Partnering to close workforce skills gap

At the March Federal Open Market Committee meeting, I voted in favor of raising the federal funds rate. The U.S. economy is getting stronger...
SELF-HELP: Ferguson Perforating in Providence expanded in 2015 and 2016 without the help of state or city tax incentives. Above, David Silva moves rolls of sheet metal with a hydraulic lift. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Growing business in R.I. is not an insurmountable task

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made creating jobs in Rhode Island a centerpiece of her administration, and to that end has built or modified...

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