unemployment

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.
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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

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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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RI News
3:16 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

East Providence Man Pleads to Unemployment Insurance Fraud

An East Providence man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud.  Forty-nine-year-old Richard Daigle was sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution to the state in excess of $10,000.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have proven that for a six-month period starting in 2010 Daigle was working at a Stop N Shop store but failed to advise the state Department of Labor and Training of his earnings.

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RI News
8:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Rhode Island's Unemployment Increasing

Unemployment persists in the Ocean State.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is headed in the wrong direction.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August.  At the same time the national unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

The number of unemployed residents is 50,100 – up 800 from July. Over the year, however, the number of unemployed has fallen by about eight thousand.

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RIPR News
2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England

The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data contain mixed signals about the state of Rhode Island’s economy.   The median income climbed by double digits but the state still has the highest poverty rate in the region.

While Rhode Island’s median household income climbed 14 percent from 2011 to 2012, the state remained stuck with the highest poverty rate in New England. Thirteen-point-six percent of all residents are living below the federal poverty level. Second is Maine at 12.8 percent.

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The Bottom Line
3:57 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Bottom Line: Training Workers for RI Tech Jobs

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.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Tim Hebert, President and CEO of IT services company Atrion, with headquarters  in Warwick. The discussion includes training the local workforce for careers in technology and the need to bring in better trained people from foreign nations to do the tech work.

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RI News
8:48 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"Current Conditions" Index Shows Good Signs for Rhode Island Economy

Rhode Island’s economy ended the second quarter on a positive note, according to the latest Current Conditions Index.  The index is a monthly rating of the state’s economy based on a dozen key indicators.

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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.
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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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