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RI News
10:59 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy

Tons of sand filled Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy raked along the coast.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.

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.

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RI News
9:27 am
Fri October 11, 2013

State Unemployment Numbers Unavailable Until Government Shutdown Ends

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 17th because of the partial government shutdown.

Department spokeswoman Laura Hart said the Census Bureau collects data that is used to calculate the state jobless rate.

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RI News
8:22 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Despite National Trend Unemployment Persists in Rhode Island

Despite national trends showing unemployment trending downwards, Rhode Island's unemployment increased one-tenth of a percent in July.
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Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged up slightly in July, from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent.  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.

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.

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RI Economy
3:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Extended Benefits for RI Unemployed to be cut in August

What's called Tier 4 unemployment benefits will be cut in Rhode Island starting August 10th.
Credit file

Starting next month, extended unemployment benefits will drop from 73 weeks to 63 weeks. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training said the cut comes thanks to lower unemployment numbers.

States with an average unemployment rate of 9 percent or higher can offer what’s called Tier 4 of federal unemployment benefits that lasts for ten weeks. But because Rhode Island’s June unemployment rate of 8.9 percent brought the state’s average down below the threshold, it can no longer offer those ten weeks of extra benefits.

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RI Economy
4:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

RI Unemployment Rate: Not Falling, but Not Climbing Either

Rhode Island unemployment rate held steady in June.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remained flat in June at 8.9 percent. Progress made in reducing the jobless rate in the first quarter of the year seems to have stalled.

The news was great in the first quarter of the year.  Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in January to 9.4 percent in February, to 9.1 percent in March.  In April, it fell to 8.8 percent. That’s about where it has remained ever since.

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RI News
8:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Long Term Unemployment Persists in Rhode Island

Dan Walsh is one of Rhode Island's roughly 12,000 long term unemployed.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Imagine having nowhere to go in the morning. You’re constantly worried about money. Your self esteem is low and you’re forced to dip into savings to pay for life’s most fundamental needs. This is the lot of the unemployed in Rhode Island – the daily struggle of some 49,000 residents. And the desperation only increases with the passage of time.

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Economy
7:31 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Good news on the jobs front

A new analysis of labor data shows Rhode Island had a much stronger 3rd quarter than initially reported.

The state Department of labor and Training says there were 4900 more jobs during July, August and September of last year than previously estimated.  

The number of Rhode Island-based jobs stood at 464,000, up 4900 from the official September 2012 estimate.  The new estimate is basesd on the analysis of tax data from 32,000 businesses. The earlier estimate was based on a survey of businesses.

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RI News
8:12 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Hundreds turn out for 50 healthcare openings

State health workers are in demand. A job fair Thursday, sponsored by the state’s Department of Labor and Training and department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, advertised 50 open positions.

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RI News
4:19 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

RI Labor Dept. hires laid off employees to help the unemployed

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says it is bringing back eleven previously laid off employees to help with the unemployment insurance call center. 

Jobless Rhode Islanders have had to wait for hours, and in some cases days, to get a call through.  The problem started in July when the Department was forced to lay off a third of its staffers due to reduced federal funding.  

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RI Economy
10:14 am
Tue January 1, 2013

DLT says some data may have been compromised

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The State Department of Labor and Training says a malfunctioning telephone system may have allowed the unauthorized sharing of some clients’ personal information, including social security numbers. The problem happened Christmas Eve. A departmental review shows up to 700 people’s information may have been compromised. The department is notifying all customers who may have been impacted and is providing them with free credit monitoring services for three months.

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