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Individual default rates in the U.S. have dropped to their lowest level since before the financial crisis as consumer confidence rises and first-time jobless claims fall. more
Rhode Island’s economic outlook ranked No. 41 among the 50 U.S. states according to the 2014 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Rhode Island’s ranking at No. 41 in the 2014 report was an improvement over last year, when the Ocean State landed at No. 45. more
The Consumer Price Index in the Northeast rose 1.5 percent on a non-seasonally adjusted basis during the 12 months ended in March, matching the increase in the national index during the same time period, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin on Monday announced a new $800,000 federal grant for infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Davisville designed to increase Rhode Island’s port capacity and improve cargo shipment flexibility for companies headquartered in Quonset Business Park. more
The New England economy appears to be “gaining some steam” and community banks have the ability to post loan growth between 6 and 12 percent in 2014, analysts Matthew Kelley and Matthew Breese of Sterne Agee’s Portland, Maine, office said in an April 7 press release following a tour of Northeast banks. more
The U.S. government’s deficit will fall to $492 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a steeper drop than originally predicted from $680 billion in fiscal year 2013. more
Gasoline prices rose a penny in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, but prices in both states were lower than the national average for the first time in 10 months, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. more
Retail sales increased in March by the most since September 2012 as Americans bought more cars, clothing and garden supplies, helping the economy recover from a weather-depressed start to the year. more
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
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