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The state department of labor put out its monthly jobs report Thursday. The numbers show mixed news for the state.

Once burdened with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Rhode Island’s most recent rate stood at 5.4 percent, for the sixth consecutive month. 

That’s down about a point from the same time last year, but still more than a point higher than the national average.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by two-thousand between April and May. 

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A top General Electric official said Monday there's no guarantee the company will produce hundreds of new jobs with a digital technology center in Providence.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the state of Rhode Island's economy with John Simmons, Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. RIPEC's latest economic report finds mixed signals for the local economy.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.  

This week Mark and Dave chat with Rhode Island Energy Commissioner Marion Gold about the rapid rise of clean energy jobs in the state. 

Happy March Madness, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Scott Jensen, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the Real Jobs RI training program, fallout from 38 Studios, and persistent delays at DLT's call center.

Scott Jensen, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss jobs, unemployment, wages and related issues.

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Citizens Bank announced plans Wednesday to build a new 420,000-square foot corporate campus on an undeveloped parcel on the west side of I-295 in Johnston, to absorb more than 3,200 employees from current office sites in Cranston, East Providence, Warwick and Smithfield.

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Joseph Azrack, chairman of the I-195 District Development Commission, touts 2016 as a time when the district will move closer to the goal of becoming an economic generator for the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her budget, economic development, and the outlook for improving public education in Rhode Island. For a more in-depth Q+A with Raimondo, listen to our Bonus Q+A.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss her jobs strategy, truck tolls, charter schools, whether RI should legalize marijuana, Hillary Clinton, and more.

Ian Donnis

During a lunchtime conversation with reporters Tuesday, Governor Gina Raimondo offered fresh details on the state's pursuit of General Electric, touted what she cited as a positive series of steps on economic development, and called on Rhode Islanders to be more receptive to different ways of pursuing government initiatives.

Winter is here in earnest, with weekend snow, and the political beat is revving at full throttle. Thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and feedback are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Due to the possibility of a major snow storm this weekend, Governor Gina Raimondo canceled her plan to leave Wednesday night for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The governor said keeping Rhode Islanders safe is her top priority. Spokeswoman Marie Aberger said the decision to scrap the trip was made with "imperfect [weather]information," four days ahead of the storm's expected impact.

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A new report requested by the Raimondo administration says Rhode Island can overcome its economic listlessness by using a focused strategy to make targeted investments in key sectors for job growth.

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