RI Department of Labor and Training http://ripr.org en RI Unemployment Rate Dips http://ripr.org/post/ri-unemployment-rate-dips-0 <p>Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.</p><p></p><p>The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.</p><p>The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February &nbsp;statistics.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:20:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 32218 at http://ripr.org RI Unemployment Rate Dips Rhode Island Labor Department Boosting Fraud Crackdown Programs http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-labor-department-boosting-fraud-crackdown-programs <p>The Department of Labor and Training says it saw an increase this year (2013) in the number of prosecutions for fraudulent claims and will continue programs next year that crack down on fraud.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:03:03 +0000 Catherine Welch 26963 at http://ripr.org 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 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 Some Good News on RI Job Growth http://ripr.org/post/some-good-news-ri-job-growth <p>Some news for Rhode Island’s beleaguered economy: First quarter tax data shows that job growth in the Ocean State was better than estimated, with the state economy generating 1,700 more jobs that first indicted in the March, 2013 report from the state Dep0artment of Labor and Training.</p><p>The DLT says that the new data is based on employment information from the state’s 32,000 private sector employers. The new estimates suggest an over the year gain of 2,300 Rhode Island-based jobs.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:06:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 18451 at http://ripr.org Some Good News on RI Job Growth