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Fewer Americans are filing applications for unemployment benefits, consumer confidence is rising and manufacturing is picking up as the world’s largest economy shows additional signs of strengthening. more
The foreclosure rate in the Providence-Warwick metro area dropped to 1.78 percent in April from 2.54 percent during the same month last year, real estate data firm CoreLogic reported Tuesday. more
Rhode Island should be attracting a substantial amount of research and development, considering its mostly urban environment, good public and private universities and its human capital, says Michael Hicks, director of Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, which last month released its 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report. more
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt what may be a fatal blow to Aereo Inc. and its dream of transforming the television industry, ruling that the Barry Diller-backed Internet startup is violating broadcasters’ copyrights. more
Kevin Doyle, an Irish step dancer from Barrington, is one of 13 artists receiving a $25,000 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. more
Gas prices surged 3 cents in Rhode Island this week and 4 cents in Massachusetts as concerns about militant extremists causing unrest in Iraq affected oil and gasoline prices nationwide, AAA Southern New England reported. more
Home prices in the Providence metro area climbed 3.7 percent to $238,000 in April compared with $230,000 during the same period last year, Black Knight Financial Services reported Monday. more
Rhode Island added 1,100 construction jobs between May 2013 and May 2014, an increase of 6.8 percent that ranked the state 12th in the country for highest percentage of construction jobs gained year over year, the Associated General Contractors of America reported. more
Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes rose in May by the most in almost three years, a sign the industry is stabilizing after a weather-depressed quarter. more
The two-year-old U.S. housing recovery is faltering. The Mortgage Bankers Association on Wednesday lowered its forecast for combined new and existing home sales in 2014 to 5.28 million - a decline of 4.1 percent that would be the first annual drop in four years. more
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