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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Charlestown unemployment increases: new job opportunities listed

Charlestown jobless rate is now 33% higher than rest of RI: CCA Party yawns
By Will Collette

Since my last report on area job openings on March 5, Charlestown unemployment has increased significantly. In that last report, RI Department of Labor and Training stats shows just under 200 Charlestown workers collecting unemployment benefits.

With new numbers for January and February, that number has climbed to 245-260. The town’s rate went from 4.8% in December to 6.4% and 6.0% in January and February respectively. 

For a small town like Charlestown, that’s a lot of unemployment and the December, January and February increases are alarming.

To put this in context, Charlestown unemployment is now running significantly higher than Rhode Island as a whole. See for yourself HERE. The current statewide unemployment rate is 4.5%, compared to 6.0% for Charlestown – 33% higher here in our “prosperous” little town.

Don’t expect any help from Charlestown town government which is totally controlled by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA Party).

In the CCA Party’s world, the town is comprised of well-to-do retirees and part-time residents who own waterfront property. However, of Charlestown's 6,278 residents over the age of 18, 4084 are in the workforce - that's 65% of Charlestown's adult population.

In the CCA world, EVERYTHING depends on the extent to which you support their agenda. They’ve even started to restrict voluntary service in town commissions to their own supporters.

Maybe at some point Charlestown town government – probably after a change in the composition - will see it as part of their brief to help working people in Charlestown find work.

After all, not everyone in Charlestown is a retiree and there really are some constructive things Charlestown could do to help boost employment, DESCRIBED HERE.

In the meantime, if you are out of work and looking for a job or looking for a  better job, I’ve collected an assortment of recent job postings for work in non-profits or government agencies in South County.

Many come courtesy of a great service, RI Community Jobs, provided by Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. You can sign up to receive a daily e-mail with all the latest listings for the entire state plus nearby parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Here are some job announcements of note. 

Let’s start with the Town of Charlestown itself which has these listings on the town website for Parks and Recreation Seasonal Summer Employment and for a Tax Collector's Clerk (Deadline Friday, April 07, 2017 at 4:00 PM). For the Parks & Rec jobs, it might make sense to make sure your campaign donations to the CCA Party are up to date.

Wood River Health Service in Hope Valley has been major job creator in our area and, true to form, they have a number of openings. They include:

Go to their employment web page for more information.

There’s a Providence-based job with the Nature Conservancy where most of the work will be performed down here. They are looking for a Coastal Restoration Science Technician. Visit to learn more.  To apply, submit your cover letter and resume for position number 45325.  Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, 2017.

The YMCA of Greater Providence is looking for a Welcome Center Navigator for its South County Branch - South Kingstown, RI. Also Camp Counselors at Camp Broad Rock. They also need a Camp Nurse at Camp Fuller.

The Sigma Kappa Sorority at URI is looking for a full-time House Director.

The Town of South Kingstown is looking to hire an Assistant Building Inspector. Click here for South Kingtown’s employment web page.

Mystic Seaport is looking for Sailing Instructors for the summer.

The Pequot Museum in Ledyard, CT is looking for a Museum Services Supervisor and a Finance Manager. That’s part of the Foxwoods Casino complex which maintains an extensive job openings web page.