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Economics behind boom in fireworks

The number of fireworks being lit off at night is out of control this year. While people often light off fireworks close to the Fourth...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING Director Scott R. Jensen says the state’s quick reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and its transparency in releasing unemployment data has skewed how Rhode Island’s workforce appears to be faring in comparison with other states. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I.’s jobless numbers standing out

Early indicators suggest the economic shutdown created by the new coronavirus may be hitting the labor force in Rhode Island harder than in most...

Just how high will unemployment go?

The U.S. unemployment rate climbed from a half-century low of 3.5% to 4.4% in March – and is expected to go a lot higher. But...
RHODE ISLAND'S JOBLESS RATE fell to 3.6% in August, but it came in at the highest rate in New England along with Connecticut, according to statistics released Friday. / COURTESY U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I., Conn. bring up rear for jobless rates in N.E.

WASHINGTON – While Rhode Island’s August seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6% may have been one-tenth of a percentage point below the national rate...
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