The cities of Providence and Cranston have announced a new partnership to create jobs around eight job fairs in the state starting this month.
"We need to get people back to work, and that's the most important thing for us as a city and as a state," Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said.
Rhode Island's unemployment rate stands at 10.2 percent, and everyone agrees that needs to change.
Maria Lopes has been looking for work and will attend the job fairs.
"I have two kids to support by myself," Lopes said. "The money I do receive from my job -- I work part time -- I only can pay my bills or buy toilet paper, soap, the usual necessities that we need but it's very, very important."
Lopes said she will attend the job fairs with a focus on retail and accounting.
The job fairs will be held at the Roger Williams Park Casino on Feb. 13, April 17, May 15, June 11, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Nov. 13. They will be industry specific: health care, construction, hospitality and tourism, education, information technology, manufacturing, retail, and banking and accounting.
Space will be limited.