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Rhode Island has been awarded $445,735 in federal funding to improve its state unemployment insurance program, as well as funding to participate in a $4.5 million three-state consortium. more
Nearly 300 job seekers attended an informational job fair at Newport Grand on Wednesday, according to a press release from Jobs for Newport. more
Rhode Island’s economic outlook improved over the last year, but “significant uncertainties and challenges” continue to face the Ocean State, according to a report from the New England Economic Partnership. more
Rhode Island’s jobless rate remained the highest in New England and the third highest in the nation in October at 7.4 percent, according to information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
(Updated, 5:12 p.m.) Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in April from 8.7 in March, according to seasonally adjusted data provided by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March. more
Three years after Joe Mirabello began his career as an artist at Iron Lore Entertainment in Maynard, Mass., he had made up his mind to go west and find work designing the next blockbuster video game for a big-name West Coast studio – until 38 Studios LLC, then Green Monster Games, opened up right next door. more
Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter on Wednesday denied a motion by the state of Rhode Island to dismiss the pension lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in September, ruling that “a valid contract exists” between retirees and the state regarding promised pension benefits. more
Denise Gautreau recently joined New England Institute of Technology as an instructional designer, where she will help increase the school’s online presence by offering online learning experiences for students. Previously, Gautreau has researched subjects such as electrical engineering and biochemistry and has also worked as a scientist for Pfizer Global, researching pharmaceutical treatment for obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Gautreau holds a B.A. in biology from Rutgers University, an M.S. in zoology from the University of Rhode Island and an M.Ed in instructional design from the University of Massachusetts Boston. more
The Rhode Island unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent in June, its lowest level since July of 2008, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. Nationally, however, the Rhode Island unemployment rate remains 1.8 percent higher than the U.S. average of 6.1 percent for June. more
Companies boosted payrolls in March by the most in three months, adding to evidence the job market is recovering from a blast of harsh winter weather, a private payrolls report showed. more
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