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Jobless rates were lower in 322 of the nation’s 387 metropolitan areas in November, including in the Providence-Warwick metro, which saw unemployment fall to 4.9 percent from 6.3 percent in November 2014, according to statistics released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics this week. more
The four-year high school graduation rate in Rhode Island rose by 2 percentage points to 83 percent for the Class of 2015, according to a news release from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the state Department of Education. more
Jamestown FiSH topped the list of the top 10 seafood restaurants in New England by OpenTable for December, which also featured Boat House Waterfront Dining in Tiverton in the eighth spot. more
Seven firms and the Rhode Island Foundation are giving the state $111,000 to streamline state government and eliminate waste. more
Consumer confidence climbed last week to a more than two-month high as holiday-happy Americans registered their most upbeat assessments of the buying climate since April. more
U.S. mortgage rates rose, with the 30-year average topping 4 percent for the first time in five months, after the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase its benchmark lending rate. more
Grants totaling $29,678 have been awarded to Portsmouth and the Watch Hill Fire District in Westerly by the state Department of Environmental Management to help fund the removal of abandoned vessels from town waters. more
The Chanler at Cliff Walk has been recognized as the best hotel in Rhode Island by Travel + Leisure. more
Sales at U.S. retailers unexpectedly fell in March, raising concern consumer spending is losing momentum. more
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in November, confirming earlier figures that showed the industry lost momentum toward the end of the year. more
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