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Jobs in Rhode Island Expand

Posted on July 20, 2009

Two large corporations are planning to add more jobs in Rhode Island. Click here to learn more.

This is welcome news to all the job seekers in Rhode Island. During June, the state saw its unemployment rate increase from 12.1 percent to 12.4 percent, which is higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.

The state had a total non-farm employment of 462,900 workers during June, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 463,800 workers during May and a 4.1 percent decrease from last year.

FM Global, the state’s largest private company, is continuing to hire more employees. The company, which is worth $4.5 billion, filled 80 full-time positions during the first half of this year and hired 180 people during 2008. Now the company is looking to fill another 25 positions in information technology, marketing, training and research.

CVS Caremark has announced its plan to partner with several state and local agencies in order to recruit and train certified pharmacy technicians for jobs at the company’s new Pharmacy Customer Care Center, which is scheduled to open in December.

The center will be staffed by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and customer service associates who will service phone calls from pharmacy customers, prescribers and other third party agencies. The center will initially employ 125 people.

“We are launching this innovative pharmacy service program to enhance the service provided to individuals who call our pharmacies, as well as to provide more time for our pharmacy teams to spend serving customers in our stores.” CVS/Pharmacy President Larry Merlo said.

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