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State Workforce Development Board

State Workforce Investment Board of Rhode Island
David Tremblay, SWIO Administrator (acting)
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8812
Fax: (401) 462-8865

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. The Public System Grows, Retains and Attracts Talent. Rhode Island will maximize the capacity of the workforce development system to align, unify and flexibly address the skill demands of all employers and job seekers.
  2. Employers Attract and Retain a Highly Skilled Workforce. Rhode Island employers will attract, employ and retain a skilled and educated workforce committed to lifelong learning, thus ensuring growth and prosperity.
  3. The Adult Workforce is Skilled and Agile. Adults will have the knowledge and skills needed to meet changing economic demand - for their own and the state's economic prosperity.
  4. Youth are Ready for Work and Lifelong Learning. Youth will become more aware of skill development opportunities in order to take better advantage of those which enable them to meet changing workforce demand - for their own and for the state's future prosperity.

Fast Facts

  • In 2010, Rhode Island’s 35,000 businesses employed approximately 450,000 workers, and the state’s annualized unemployment rate was 11.9 percent.
  • In Program Year 2010, the netWORKri one-stop career centers provided staff-assisted services to nearly 37,000 job seekers, while the virtual one-stop provided online assistance to nearly 47,000 job seekers.
  • Top private sector industries in Rhode Island include Health Care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Manufacturing and Accommodation & Food Services.
  • Rhode Island ranks 14th nationally in the percentage of adults (30.5%) who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree.

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