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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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RI News
8:28 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New Home Construction Continues to Lag in RI

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is edging downward but one sector of the economy remains in trouble.  New home construction has fallen off a cliff since the recession began and, there’s no sign of improvement on the horizon.

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Business
2:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI Youth Hit Hardest by Sluggish Economy

Rhode Island teens and young adults are seeing double the state's unemployment rate.

You think it’s tough finding a job in Rhode Island if you’re an adult, try being someone just starting out.  A new report shows the youth unemployment rate in Rhode Island is nearly twice the adult rate.

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 8.8 percent. But for people aged 16 to 24, it’s 17 percent. That, according to the youth advocacy group “Young Invincibles,” which based its conclusions on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Rhode Island Economy
3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

RI Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8 Percent

Rhode Island's unemployment rate spent more than three years in double digits.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate took a healthy drop in April.  But the state is still a long way from restoring all the jobs lost to the recession.

Rhode Island’s April unemployment rate was 8.8 percent. That’s three tenths of one percent lower than in March and the lowest rate in four-and-a-half years.  Charles Fogarty, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, attributes the decline to increased consumer confidence.

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Morning News Podcast
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

The state's unemployment is at a 4 year low. A hearing on a same-sex marriage bill brought out hundreds. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus the guest on this week's Political Roundtable is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
8:28 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Stenhouse: Rhode Island Needs to Take More Urgent Steps

As Rhode Island tries to overcome high unemployment, some observers argue that more urgent steps are needed to spark the economy. One of the groups making that argument is a free-market think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. The center’s CEO, Mike Stenhouse, stopped by our studio to talk about a proposal to eliminate the sales tax and other issues.


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Business
8:19 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Good News on Jobs Front

Credit RIPR file

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years. The latest data from the state Labor Department indicates people may be finding work outside of the state.

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RI Economy
8:26 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Rhode Island Still Has Highest Unemployment Rate

Credit RIPR file

Rhode Island still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, but now it shares that title with California. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Rhode Island and California tied for January unemployment with a rate of 9.8 percent.   Nevada was close with 9.7 percent.

The rates are based on telephone surveys and may not be 100 percent accurate. Unemployment statistics are frequently revised when employer-driven data is collected.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
7:21 am
Wed March 13, 2013

State Senate Unveils Plan to Boost Economy

Rhode Island State House
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The leadership of the state Senate Tuesday unveiled a legislative package of 25 bills meant to improve Rhode Island’s economy.

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RI Economy
7:06 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Heartening News for Rhode Island Economy

Downtown Providence RI
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Two new reports suggest Rhode Island’s economy is on the rebound. 

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