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Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the seventh straight week, pointing to a rebound in payrolls after hiring eased last month. more
The average unemployment rate in New England was 5.9 percent last year, 1 percentage point less than 2013’s rate of 6.9 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
IGT plans to shut its manufacturing plant at 1372 Main St. here, affecting 44 workers. more
Rhode Island ranked 47th among states and the District of Columbia for a year-over-year loss of 200 construction jobs in March, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. more
Rhode Island was among 29 states which saw their jobless rates drop significantly year over year in March, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
High-income workers may benefit more than low-income workers when taking advantage of the recently enacted temporary caregiver insurance program in Rhode Island, a new study has found. more
(Updated 4:19 p.m.) Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 6.3 percent for March, a one-tenth of a percentage point drop from a revised 6.4 percent in February, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. more
Warwick again had the lowest unemployment rate among select cities in Rhode Island at 6.1 percent in February, according to data released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Fewer than 300,000 American workers filed applications for unemployment benefits for the sixth consecutive week, pointing to labor-market strength even as hiring cooled last month. more
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said she plans to nominate Shannon Brawley, Martha Holt Castle, Scot Jones and Guillaume de Ramel to the Quonset Development Corp.’s board of directors. more
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