unemployment http://ripr.org en 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 State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy http://ripr.org/post/state-leaders-and-lawmakers-meet-discuss-jumpstarting-local-economy <p>Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The first event is a roundtable centered on the national issues, such as patents, facing the state’s innovation industry, and how this industry can help boost Rhode Island’s struggling economy.</p><p>Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Catherine Welch 27938 at http://ripr.org State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy 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 Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-urges-congress-pass-unemployment-benefits <p>Senator Jack Reed says he’s pleased a bill he co-sponsored to extend unemployment benefits for 90 days has moved forward in the Senate on a procedural vote. And he’d like to see it continue to move forward without having to negotiate how to pay for it. But Reed says he’s open on that point.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:24:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27321 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-leads-push-long-term-unemployment-benefits-extension <p>U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:50:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 27256 at http://ripr.org Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders http://ripr.org/post/unemployment-benefits-set-end-thousands-rhode-islanders <p>Making ends meet is about to get harder for thousands of Rhode Island families who will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday. &nbsp;Those taking the hit are the long-term unemployed.</p><p></p><p>Congressional failure to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will result in the loss of benefits to 1.3 million Americans starting tomorrow. In Rhode Island, six thousand long-term unemployed individuals will lose their weekly checks. In the first six months of 2014 another nine thousand will join their ranks.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:31:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 26870 at http://ripr.org Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders The Bottom Line: New Job Training Program For 2014 http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-new-job-training-program-2014 <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:44:04 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Muphy 25900 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: New Job Training Program For 2014 Political Roundtable: RI's High Unemployment, 38 Studios + Taveras' Universal Pre-K Pitch http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-ris-high-unemployment-38-studios-taveras-universal-pre-k-pitch <p></p><p>Our panel this week discusses RI's persistently high unemployment; Senator Dawson Hodgson's renewed call for an outside investigation into 38 Studios; Angel Taveras' proposal for instituting universal pre-K in Rhode Island; and Scott MacKay and Maureen Moakley's top turkeys of 2013.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 25443 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: RI's High Unemployment, 38 Studios + Taveras' Universal Pre-K Pitch 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