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RI News
3:53 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

RI DLT Expands Hours At Unemployment Call Center

The DLT unemployment insurance call center will be open Monday and Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00pm, closed Wednesday, open Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 3:00pm.

Starting Monday the Department of Labor and Training is expanding the hours of its call center handling unemployment insurance.

The DLT call center used to take calls for two full days and three half days, but now it will take calls every weekday except Wednesday, said Assistant Director, Bob Langlais.

“We thought it was better for customer service we be open four full days, we won’t be any half days,” said Langlais, “and then they’ll have a full day for our staff to do their back office.”

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Business
5:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1 Percent

In December, Rhode Island's labor force totaled 550,500.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.

During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. 

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Economy
8:45 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy

Rhode Island is currently tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment in the country.
Credit RIPR FILE

Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.

The first event is a roundtable centered on the national issues, such as patents, facing the state’s innovation industry, and how this industry can help boost Rhode Island’s struggling economy.

Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.

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Business
2:57 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Job Growth In RI Higher Than Expected

Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training show there are more people working than originally thought.

The DLT compared quarterly tax data from employers with numbers out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that are estimates based on survey sampling. The tax data show Rhode Island gained 6,500 jobs between September of 2012 and September of 2013. That’s double the number based on federal estimates. 

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Politics
12:24 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits

Legislation sponsored by Jack Reed that would extend long-term unemployment benefits passed Tuesday (1/7) in the Senate.
Credit Flo Jonic

Senator Jack Reed says he’s pleased a bill he co-sponsored to extend unemployment benefits for 90 days has moved forward in the Senate on a procedural vote. And he’d like to see it continue to move forward without having to negotiate how to pay for it. But Reed says he’s open on that point.

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Unemployment
8:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension

RI Senator Jack Reed is leading the push for extending long-term unemployment benefits.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.

Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.

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Economy
8:31 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders

Rhode Island now has the highest rate of unemployment in the country, tied with Nevada.
Credit RIPR FILE

Making ends meet is about to get harder for thousands of Rhode Island families who will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday.  Those taking the hit are the long-term unemployed.

Congressional failure to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will result in the loss of benefits to 1.3 million Americans starting tomorrow. In Rhode Island, six thousand long-term unemployed individuals will lose their weekly checks. In the first six months of 2014 another nine thousand will join their ranks.

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The Bottom Line
5:44 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The Bottom Line: New Job Training Program For 2014

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Political Roundtable: RI's High Unemployment, 38 Studios + Taveras' Universal Pre-K Pitch

Credit File photo / RIPR

Our panel this week discusses RI's persistently high unemployment; Senator Dawson Hodgson's renewed call for an outside investigation into 38 Studios; Angel Taveras' proposal for instituting universal pre-K in Rhode Island; and Scott MacKay and Maureen Moakley's top turkeys of 2013.

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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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