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(Updated 12:01 p.m.) The Providence-Warwick metropolitan area climbed 31 spots to No. 95 in the Milken Institute’s 2015 Best-Performing Cities report, propelled by growth in wages and high-tech jobs. more
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week to a five-month high, interrupting steady labor-market progress. more
Providence is the third-worst city to retire, due to its lack of affordability, WalletHub said. more
Job openings in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in October, while the rate of hiring held steady. more
The Providence-Warwick metropolitan area had the second-highest unemployment rate decrease over the year in October in the nation among 51 metro areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday. more
Rhode Island’s leading economic indicator increased again, fueled by growth in building permits and fewer jobless claims. more
Federal grants totaling nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been awarded to 10 communities to help assisted housing residents find work and access job training. more
In Rhode Island, women are paid, on average, 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a $9,000 wage gap between women and men, according to an analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. more
Employers added more jobs than forecast in November, underscoring Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s confidence that the U.S. economy is strong enough to withstand higher borrowing costs. more
Rhode Island had the largest decline in its jobless rate in October among the New England states, but still had the highest unemployment rate, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday. more
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