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Job, economy growth in R.I. are good signs

Two recent economic reports would seem to indicate that Rhode Island is moving in a positive direction.The state’s monthly jobs report for June said...

The working poor need help

Bloomberg recently reported on some interesting new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The percent of Americans earning poverty wages – pay that would...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 45, tied with Maine, on CNBC's America's Top States for Business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CNBC ranks R.I. No. 45 on top states for business list

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked sixth lowest on the CNBC “America’s Top States for Business 2018” released Tuesday, tied with Maine.The study uses more...
A WELCOMING RESOURCE: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island held its Community Resource Day recently, inviting immigrants and refugees to learn about the center and the state, and to make their transitions to life in the United States smoother. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are immigrants – both legal and undocumented – a net positive...

After simmering as a national issue for the better part of three decades, immigration – of both the legal and undocumented kind – has...

May construction employment up 500 workers in both Providence, New Bedford...

PROVIDENCE – Construction employment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 500 workers year over year in May, a 2 percent increase, to 24,100...
THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE weekly benefit maximum will increase $10 to $576, the first increase in seven years.

DLT: Unemployment Insurance benefits increase first time in 7 years

PROVIDENCE – New maximum weekly benefit amounts for Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance were announced Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and...
THE NON-SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE in the Providence metro area declined 0.2 percentage points year over year in May to 3.9 percent. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Providence metro unemployment 3.9% in May

PROVIDENCE – The unemployment rate in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 3.9 percent in May, not seasonally adjusted, a 0.2 percentage point decline...

May construction employment up 500 workers in both Providence, New Bedford...

PROVIDENCE – Construction employment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 500 workers year over year in May, a 2 percent increase, to 24,100...
SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

PBN on WJAR-TV, May 14, 2018

Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story and other...
MASSBENCHMARK's editorial board said that the Massachusetts economy was performing well in its eighth consecutive year of economic expansion but should expect to see constraints due to demographic issues such as an aging population as well as an increase in need for skilled workers as the labor market tightens. / COURTESY MASSBENCHMARKS

MassBenchmarks: Mass. economy strong, but faces ‘headwinds’

PROVIDENCE - In the most recent MassBenchmarks, “Excerpts from the Boar” release on Wednesday, the board said that the Bay State economy is at...
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