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The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits held last week near the lowest level in almost four months, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. more
Rhode Island boasted the eighth-fastest average Internet connection speed in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the “State of the Internet” report released Wednesday by cloud services firm Akamai Technologies Inc. more
The R.I. Department of Revenue has collected $2.06 billion in general revenue during the fiscal year through February, including $172 million in last month alone, the agency reported Tuesday. The monthly report was released the same day as a Tax Foundation study ranking U.S. states according to their state and local sales tax rates was released. more
The Consumer Price Index in the Northeast remained largely unchanged during the 12 months ended in February, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Bristol County Savings Bank is supporting the region’s clean energy initiatives with a $45,000 commitment to the New Bedford Wind Energy Center, the bank announced. more
U.S. stocks rose, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell to a three-week low, as better- than-forecast data on industrial production boosted optimism on the economy and investors watched developments in Ukraine. more
Rhode Island gained 1,045 manufacturing jobs between December 2012 and December 2013, the first time in 13 years that the state posted an increase in manufacturing employment, according to a report released Monday by the Rhode Island Manufacturers Register. more
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose less than forecast in March, a sign the industry may take time to pick up after inclement weather damped activity earlier in the year. more
Rhode Island’s January unemployment rate of 9.2 percent ranked as the highest unemployment rate in the country for the third month in a row, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday. more
(Updated, 2:54 p.m.) Media General Inc. agreed to acquire Providence-based LIN Media LLC in a transaction valued at about $1.6 billion, adding local TV stations across the U.S. to get better negotiating leverage with advertisers and cable providers. more
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