department of labor and training http://ripr.org en Central Falls Seeks To Save Light Bulb Plant http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-seeks-save-light-bulb-plant <p>Central Falls mayor James Diossa has called a meeting for Monday to see if the city can keep the Osram Sylvania plant open. The lighting manufacturer plans to shutter the plant in September.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:27:32 +0000 Catherine Welch 30928 at http://ripr.org Central Falls Seeks To Save Light Bulb Plant RI DLT Expands Hours At Unemployment Call Center http://ripr.org/post/ri-dlt-expands-hours-unemployment-call-center <p>Starting Monday the Department of Labor and Training is expanding the hours of its call center handling unemployment insurance.</p><p></p><p>The DLT call center used to take calls for two full days and three half days, but now it will take calls every weekday except Wednesday, said Assistant Director, Bob Langlais.</p><p>“We thought it was better for customer service we be open four full days, we won’t be any half days,” said Langlais, “and then they’ll have a full day for our staff to do their back office.”</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:53:35 +0000 Catherine Welch 29229 at http://ripr.org RI DLT Expands Hours At Unemployment Call Center RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent http://ripr.org/post/ri-unemployment-rate-inches-91-percent <p>Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.</p><p>During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:32:46 +0000 Catherine Welch 28060 at http://ripr.org RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent Job Growth In RI Higher Than Expected http://ripr.org/post/job-growth-ri-higher-expected <p>Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training show there are more people working than originally thought.</p><p></p><p>The DLT compared quarterly tax data from employers with numbers out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that are estimates based on survey sampling. The tax data show Rhode Island gained 6,500 jobs between September of 2012 and September of 2013. That’s double the number based on federal estimates.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:57:22 +0000 Catherine Welch 27773 at http://ripr.org Job Growth In RI Higher Than Expected Unemployment Numbers Dip In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/unemployment-numbers-dip-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in November but still remains among the highest in the country.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell by two tenths of one percent in November -- from 9.2 percent to 9 percent.&nbsp; That’s two percent higher than the national rate and the highest in New England.&nbsp; Close to 50-thousand Rhode Islanders are actively looking for work.&nbsp; And to make matters worse, long-term unemployment benefits end December 28<sup>th</sup> because of congressional inaction.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:37:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 26589 at http://ripr.org Unemployment Numbers Dip In Rhode Island RI Retailers Cry Foul Over Black Friday DLT Hearing http://ripr.org/post/ri-retailers-cry-foul-over-black-friday-dlt-hearing <p>The National Federation of Independent Businesses is calling on the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Black Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers have to be behind their cash registers and waiting on customers. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses is asking the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday. The hearing has to do with employers’ right to pay workers bi-weekly.&nbsp; Bill Vernon speaks for the NFIB in Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 25397 at http://ripr.org Jobless Numbers Up In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/jobless-numbers-rhode-island <p>The latest employment numbers for Rhode Island are a mixed bag.</p><p>The state’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point in September then held in October at 9-point-2 percent. But Rhode Island has added 35-hundred jobs since July.</p><p></p><p>Sectors seeing the largest growth were Professional and Business Services and Accommodation and Food Services. Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty said construction has also seen a nice bump over the past few months.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:08:09 +0000 Catherine Welch 25211 at http://ripr.org Jobless Numbers Up In Rhode Island Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-thanks-workers-who-helped-clean-after-sandy <p>Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.</p><p>The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:59:41 +0000 Catherine Welch 24252 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends http://ripr.org/post/state-unemployment-numbers-unavailable-until-government-shutdown-ends <p>Rhode Islanders will have to wait a little longer this month to find out what the September unemployment rate was. The state Department of Labor and Training says the data will not be released as scheduled on October 17<sup>th</sup> because of the partial government shutdown.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:27:06 +0000 Flo Jonic 23069 at http://ripr.org State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends Despite National Trend Unemployment Persists in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/despite-national-trend-unemployment-persists-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged up slightly in July, from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent.&nbsp; It’s a source of frustration for state Labor Department officials who concede that at the current rate it will take several years for Rhode Island to get anywhere close to full employment.</p><p></p><p>Led by a sharp drop in the number of temporary jobs, Rhode Island’s jobless rate posted a one-tenth of one percent increase in July. Still, the 8.9 percent rate is 1.6 percent lower than a year ago.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:22:40 +0000 Flo Jonic 20159 at http://ripr.org Despite National Trend Unemployment Persists in Rhode Island