Jobs for Rhode Islanders

Employers in Rhode Island are looking for skilled workers, and yet too many Rhode Islanders are in need of stable employment and the hope for economic opportunity. In Providence, we are helping to connect Rhode Islanders in the job market with available jobs.

If you or someone you know–a friend, relative, neighbor or former colleague–is looking for work, we may be able to assist you. For the second year in a row, Mayor Allan Fung and I, in our respective roles as heads of Workforce Board of Providence/Cranston, have partnered to offer free industry-specific job fairs for Rhode Island’s unemployed. We are doing this in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

We have already held 13 job fairs with nearly 2,000 job seekers and more than 320 businesses, and six more job fairs are planned in the year ahead. Our job fairs are industry-specific and are focused on hospitality and tourism, education, food science and culinary arts, and healthcare. The job fairs are posted to our website along with the schedule of dates and locations.

We launched these job fairs early last year to help address Rhode Island’s high unemployment rate. The job fairs are successful because they work: we are bringing job seekers together with employers seeking to fill positions.

If you are a member of the military, a veteran or a member of their family, and you are seeking work, you will be especially interested in our upcoming job fair on April 22. This “Military, Veterans and Families” event will be held 1pm to 3pm at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. Available jobs and hands-on workshops will be offered.

If you are a business owner looking to support our women and men who have served this nation, please call (401) 680-8578 to register as a vendor. Interested job seekers should register online at and click on the “Jobs Now” button.

By the informal surveys business representatives and job seekers complete for us at the end of these job fairs, we know this fairly simple but effective initiative is making a difference for those who participate.

To learn more about these job fairs visit

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