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The economic impact of the recreational boating industry in Rhode Island totals $508.3 million, according to a report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. more
Unemployment rates fell year over year in March in 306 of the United States’ 372 metropolitan areas, including the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro, according to the latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Christina Bevilacqua, director of programs and public engagement at the Providence Athenaeum, was recently awarded the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The prize, which awards individuals with innovative approaches to traditional humanities, recognized the Athenaeum’s salon series created by Bevilacqua in 2006. The salons feature weekly conversations on topics ranging from history, art and politics to architecture, education and health care. more
Karl Aspelund, assistant professor of design at the University of Rhode Island, was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from URI’s Council for Research to begin background research for a project on space apparel – namely how space communities will recycle and use clothing. His interest in the subject was sparked following a National Public Radio report about the 100 Year Starship Initiative, a program aimed at inspiring space travel by 2112. more
When construction slowed during the recession, some companies hired workers and wrongly designated them as independent contractors to avoid paying insurance, taxes, fair wages and overtime. more
Unemployment rates fell year over year in April in 276 of the United States’ 372 metropolitan areas, including the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro; rose in 78 of the nation’s metropolitan areas, including the New Bedford metro; and was unchanged in 18 areas, according to the latest non-seasonally adjusted data. more
Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market is sustaining recent gains. more
New England Construction has opened a regional office at 20 Burlington Mall Road in Burlington, Mass., the Rhode Island-based company announced Monday. more
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against the owners of the Renaissance Providence Hotel based on unfair labor practice charges levied by workers seeking to form a union. 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
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