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Small businesses nationwide reported improved optimism as 2013 drew to a close, and reports of capital spending increased significantly, but the index measuring business owners’ sentiment in December still fell below previous mid-year readings and trailed the pre-2008 recession average by six points, the National Federation of Independent Businesses said Tuesday. more
The U.S. posted a record December budget surplus as higher payroll taxes, payments from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and a declining unemployment rate helped improve the government’s finances. more
Expectations of credit access among U.S. consumers improved in recent months even as their predictions for inflation held steady, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. more
Momentum in Rhode Island’s rate of economic growth continued a troublesome slowdown in November of 2013, according to the Current Conditions Index produced by University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. more
The foreclosure rate for residential mortgages in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined in November, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic in a report issued Thursday. more
The Providence-New Bedford-Fall River metro area ranked 148th on the 2013 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index, which evaluated local job growth, wages and salaries growth, and high-tech industry performance in 200 metro areas nationwide to assess the overall economic performance of the nation’s cities last year. more
Companies added more workers than projected in December as U.S. employers grew more optimistic about the prospects for demand, a private report based on payrolls showed today. more
Even as the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area stayed at 8.6 percent in November for the second consecutive month, the size of the labor force grew 0.8 percent to 691,500, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com rose 1.1 percent in November to 124.8 from 123.5 in October. more
American consumers in 2013 were more upbeat than at any time in the previous six years as views on the economy, finances and the buying climate improved. more
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