Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in October to 7.4 percent. It’s a number that has consistently dropped over the last 15 months.
October’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. But still the state lost 2600 jobs. The Department of Labor and Training finds Rhode Island’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate higher than the national rate of 5-point-8 percent but lower than the 9.4 percent jobless rate a year ago.
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about the ongoing state pension dispute, HealthSourceRI, CVS' decision to develop a new technology center in Boston, the Rhode Map controversy, and more.
Longtime political operative and staffer Matt Jerzyk has been hired as deputy legal counsel by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
"Matt's experience in city and state government will be a valuable addition as we continue to focus on growing the economy and creating jobs," Mattiello said in a statement.
Jerzyk will continue serving as the part-time city solicitor in Central Falls. He previously served as legal counsel for the House committees on Labor and Small Business, and as senior legal counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
NOAA Fisheries issued emergency measures last week to protect Gulf of Maine cod. On the heels of this emergency action, the New England Fishery Management Council has recommended new restrictions to address the depleted cod population, as it finalizes next year’s fishing management measures for several fish.
National Grid is asking the state’s public utilities commission to clear the way for a nearly 24 percent rate hike. The utility estimates that will add nearly $21 to the average residential customer bill.
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is considering Citizens Bank executive Barbara Cottam for a top position in her new administration, according to Statehouse sources.
Cottam, who has vast experience in both the private and political sectors in Rhode Island, is under consideration for chief of staff, one of the most important positions in any gubernatorial administration.
HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson has penned an op-ed in the Providence Journal to plead her case for keeping the health insurance exchange in local hands. Her commentary comes days after a Projo editorial arguing the state should scrap its exchange.