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THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE estimates that nearly 20,000 workers in Rhode Island will see their wages increase when the minimum wage in the Ocean State goes from $10.10 to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 / COURTESY ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

R.I. among 20 states to raise minimum wage Jan. 1

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will be joined by 19 other states in raising its minimum wage at the beginning of the year, according to...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...

Business community sees many positives in R.I., but needs persist

If only the business community were able to spend more time on Smith Hill doing what it did for the cover story of this...

Much work to be done to bring more high-wage jobs to...

It’s never a bad thing to have a job. But an analysis of data for Rhode Island and the nation shows that which job...
PROVIDENCE METRO unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, declined 0.9 percentage points year over year to 3.1 percent in October. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Providence metro unemployment declines to 3.1% in Oct.

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area was 3.1 percent in October, not seasonally adjusted, a 0.9 percentage point decline year over...
TIME TO TALK: Hasbro Inc. wants a more-modern headquarters than what it now has in Pawtucket but has not committed to staying in Rhode Island. State and city officials must present a united front in responding to the threat of a possible move.

Hasbro’s silence is not golden. State, local officials must unite to...

Could iconic toymaker Hasbro Inc. really move its headquarters out of Rhode Island? Sure it can, especially if the move wouldn’t cost it much...
RECOGNIZING ­OPPORTUNITY: ­Gilbane Building Co. Vice President and Rhode Island business unit leader John Sinnott is flanked by Christopher L. Calderon, left, and Edwin A. Montas at the company’s Providence headquarters, where Sinnott oversees much of the local recruitment efforts to better match the company’s workforce with the local community. 

In an industry coming up short on workers, opportunities await

The construction industry (along with many other sectors of the region’s economy) is falling short of filling job openings. Some firms find themselves turning...

Available Staffing investments in clients, people paying off

Fastest Growing Companies | $250,000-$5M | 4th place CEO (or equivalent): Danilo Reyes, CEO 2017 Revenue: $4,218,955 2015 Revenue: $2,414,991 Revenue growth: 74.7% Back in 2013, after helping other...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year and 0.1 percentage points month to month in August. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Has your company added employees in the last three-and-a-half years?

Since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took office in January 2015, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island has gone from 6.6 percent to 4 percent...
RHODE ISLAND construction employment increased 3.8 percent year over year from 18,300 to 19,000 jobs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Aug. construction employment rises 3.8%, No. 28 in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island construction employment increased 3.8 percent year over year in August, the No. 28 fastest rate in the country, and the...

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