Charles Fogarty http://ripr.org en 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 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 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 RI State Police bust unemployment cheats http://ripr.org/post/ri-state-police-bust-unemployment-cheats <p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;">&nbsp;</p><h1><strong><em>STATE POLICE SWEEP RESULTS IN EIGHT ARRESTS FOR FRAUDULENT COLLECTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS</em></strong></h1><p></p><p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;"><strong><em><u>For Immediate Release</u></em></strong></p><p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;">&nbsp;</p><h2>October 29, 2013</h2><p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;"><strong>Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Major Todd Catlow</strong></p><p style="margin-left:-31.5pt;"><strong>&nbsp;Rhode Island State Police</strong></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:01:14 +0000 Scott MacKay 23952 at http://ripr.org 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 RI Jobless Rate Drops Slightly http://ripr.org/post/ri-jobless-rate-drops-slightly <p>In a sign that Rhode Island finally, albeit slowly, is emerging from the recession, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.8 percent, from 9.9 percent in December.</p><p>The good news is that January represented the third consecutive month of job growth in the state. Hiring was led by the retail and restaurant industries. The jobless rate has dropped considerably since the high of 11.9 percent in January, 2010.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:25:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 11556 at http://ripr.org