Layoffs coming at state labor department


The director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training said Wednesday that the agency will lay off 60 to 70 people in the next month.

Director Charles Fogarty said the cuts are being made because federal stimulus funding that paid for the jobs runs out with the end of the fiscal year.

Fogarty said the cuts will be made in the Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Development divisions. He said the department initially expected more than 100 layoffs.

“While I expect our department to continue working to meet the needs of our customers in the future, I know that the entire DLT team will feel the loss of these dedicated employees for some time to come,” Fogarty said in a news release.

Fogarty said the number of layoffs has not been determined and that layoff notices have not yet gone to any employees.

The director said he’d have no additional comment until after the layoffs.

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