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BOSTON – The Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development last week said that the state added 3,700 jobs in June, edging the total unemployment down 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.5 percent from the May rate. more
Take a poll of machine shop and manufacturing company owners in Rhode Island and they’re all likely to tell you the same thing, said David Maynard, co-owner of Dean Machine in Cranston. 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
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years. more
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The netWORKri career center located in the village of Wakefield expanded its hours to meet the requirements of a U.S. Department of Labor grant. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick this month announced the launch of a joint advanced-manufacturing training program between Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College to train unemployed individuals for entry-level jobs as production technicians at local manufacturers. more
Rhode Island lost 500 construction jobs in June compared with the previous month, a decline of 2.9 percent that ranked the state 49th in the country for highest percentage of construction jobs gained month over month, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Friday. more
Although Rhode Island’s unemployment rate posted a significant drop in June to 7.9 percent, the state jobless rate tied with Mississippi as the highest in the country, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. 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
Modest gains in economic momentum in May hold promise for Rhode Island this summer, University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro said in his latest Current Conditions Index, but as usual that is only part of the story for the Ocean State. more
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