"Rhode Islanders were hit hard by the recession and have worked hard to regain their economic security. Since January 2015, we've added nearly 17,000 jobs and our unemployment rate has been at or below the national average since the start of this year. Last month, we set another record for the number of jobs in Rhode Island and our labor force has expanded for seven straight months.
"We need to keep building on our momentum and ensure that every Rhode Islander has the skills and job training they need to stay competitive in today's economy. It's not enough that we've recovered all the jobs lost during the recession: we need to strengthen our middle class and rebuild and reinvent our advanced manufacturing industries. That's why we're making investments in Davies Career and Technical High School and working tirelessly to make it easier to do business in Rhode Island."