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Rhode Island Dept. of Labor teams up with businesses to hire for retail jobs in Rhode Island

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

The Rhode Island Department of Labor has announced its intentions to team up with a variety of local businesses to connect people with retail jobs in Rhode Island.

Recruitments will be held at participating businesses across Rhode Island, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2011. (more…)

Store hires for retail jobs in Rhode Island

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

A well-known store has announced its intent to hire for retail jobs in Rhode Island.

Aaron’s, a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, last week closed their 2011 National Managers Meeting in Orlando. The three-day event focused on Aaron’s goal of eclipsing the $3 billion mark in revenues from its Company-operated and franchised stores and included announcements on hiring and growth plans. More than 2,000 Aaron’s associates in attendance also donated 4,500 hours and $200,000 in product and service to the Orlando community.

Aaron’s plans to create nearly 1,000 retail jobs in its stores across the U.S. and Canada this year. The Company has already added 50 employees this year and is on target to hire 500 more based on current store opening plans. Robin Loudermilk, Aaron’s CEO and President, also estimates that an additional 75 franchised stores will open and subsequently bring approximately 400 new jobs.

“The nature of Aaron’s lease ownership business is to help families who are facing economic challenges,” said Loudermilk. “Aaron’s is pleased to be in the position to improve the lives of our customers by bringing new jobs to the communities where they live. The Company is committed to strengthening the communities we serve, and we continually strive to find ways to help our customers, whether it be through new jobs or improvement projects.”

For the third year in a row, meeting participants dedicated one afternoon to community outreach projects benefiting military service members, area children and the community. Associates prepared and shipped 2,000 Military Care Packages, assembled and delivered 6,600 “Hi-Five Kids Packs” for Second Harvest Food Bank, built 155 bikes and 48 bookcases to combine with 4,000 children’s books for donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Orlando, and donated more than 500 pints of blood through the Florida Blood Centers. Additionally, the Company presented St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital, with a check for $81,200 from funds raised during an employee campaign.

Rhode Island Retail Jobs Adding to State Losses

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Declining sales and consumer confidence could result in the loss of more Rhode Island retail jobs.

Rhode Island, among many other states, is feeling the pressure of the declining economy. During October the state had an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, up from 8.8 percent during September and higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state had a total non-farm employment of 476,000, down from 478,400 during September and a 3 percent decrease from last year.

According to an article by Reuters, many retail sales jobs are being lost. It’s sort of a Catch-22, as more people lose their jobs, more people can’t afford to shop, causing more retail workers to lose their jobs, and so on.


Rhode Island Retail Jobs Get Local Effort

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

A new initiative could help save local Rhode Island retail jobs.

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Chairwoman of the Small Business Advocacy Council, recently announced the launch of Buy Local RI, a new economic development initiative to help support local businesses. The initial phase of Buy Local RI will be a public awareness campaign encouraging Rhode Island residents to support local businesses by shopping locally, especially for the holidays.

“The economy in Rhode Island is struggling,” Roberts said in a press release. “As we look at our economy turning down, we need to invest our dollars here in Rhode Island. One of the best things we can do is to support local businesses.


Rhode Island Retail Jobs Stacking Up

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

A Rhode Island retail job may be the way to go for those looking for a promising career.

Rhode Island employment overall is expected to increase by more than 55,000 jobs through 2014, when the total number of jobs should reach 573,437, an increase of 10.7 percent, or 55,292 jobs, from the 518,145 workers employed in 2004.

The retail trade industry currently employs about 53,000 workers, or about 10 percent of the state’s workforce, according to an article by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. The Retail Trade industry is projected to grow by 10 percent, adding more than 5,200 jobs through 2014.