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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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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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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.

Long Term Unemployment Persists in Rhode Island

Jun 20, 2013
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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.

Good news on the jobs front

Feb 20, 2013

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.

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.

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.  

DLT says some data may have been compromised

Jan 1, 2013

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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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