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As of Wednesday, Jan. 1, Rhode Island workers will have access to four weeks per year of job-protected leave to care for a new child or tend to a seriously ill relative. more
About 4,900 long-term unemployed Rhode Islanders will lose their federal emergency jobless benefits following the decision by Congress not to include an extension of unemployment benefits in the budget deal approved Dec. 18, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more
Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating the U.S. labor market is improving. more
Rhode Island’s November unemployment rate of 9 percent remained the highest in New England and tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate in the country, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 9 percent in November from 9.2 percent in October, and dropped a whole percentage point compared with last November’s figure of 10 percent, according to statistics released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
(Updated, 4 p.m.) Former Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons was Rhode Island’s highest paid college president in 2011 at just under $1.3 million, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which ranked her 21st in the nation for the year. more
New England private-industry employer costs for employee compensation averaged $34.48 per hour in September, the highest in the country, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Friday. The national average of compensation costs in September was $29.23 per hour. more
The unemployment rate in Rhode Island and the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metropolitan area dropped in September and October compared with the same periods last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics nonseasonally adjusted data released Thursday. more
In response to an ongoing labor dispute at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association announced at a rally Wednesday night that they would boycott the hotel. more
Companies boosted payrolls in November by the most in a year, a sign that U.S. employers were optimistic about demand after the end of a government shutdown a month earlier, a private report based on payrolls showed Wednesday. more
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