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Harsh winter weather dragged down new home construction and Rhode Island’s overall economic performance in February, according to the Current Conditions Index produced by University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. February’s CCI of 58 is lower than both January’s figure of 67 and the index for February a year ago, which was also 67, the report states. more
Consumer confidence rose in April to the highest level since July, boosted by further improvement in the labor market that will provide some traction for the economy after a weather-related slowdown early this year. more
While New England’s unemployment rate as a whole remained relatively stable in 2013, Rhode Island’s rate was the highest in the region and among the highest nationally, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released on Friday. more
Producer prices in the U.S. rose more than forecast in March, led by the biggest gain in the cost of services in four years. The 0.5 percent advance in the producer-price index was the biggest since June. more
The price for a gallon of gasoline averaged $3.53 in Rhode Island for the first three months of 2014, according to an analysis by GasBuddy.com. more
An analysis of Rhode Island’s tax data, released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, showed more growth in the state’s private-sector employment during the fourth quarter of 2013 than originally estimated. After analyzing tax data from 32,000 businesses, the DLT now estimates the number of Rhode Island-based jobs for December to be 473,300 – 2,100 more than the original estimate of 471,200. more
A Rhode Island film company has secured a deal with Screen Media Films and Universal Studios to produce 10 new motion pictures – including the thriller “Almost Mercy,” currently in pre-production – for on-demand video release reaching more than 100 million households, according to a release from Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s office. more
Fitch Ratings has assigned a AA rating to Rhode Island’s $79.5 million in 2014 consolidated capital-development general-obligation bonds, the agency announced Wednesday. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com fell in February for the first time since March 2013, dropping four-tenths of a percent to 124.9 from 125.4 in January. more
Construction employment in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area increased 2 percent between February 2013 and February 2014, according to The Associated General Contractors of America monthly jobs report released Wednesday. more
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