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Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the labor market continues to gain traction. more
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on Providence’s use of tax-stabilization incentives. more
As competition for commercial business among banks in the region intensifies, Washington Trust Bancorp, parent of The Washington Trust Co., is sticking to a cautious, service-focused business model as it looks for growth opportunities – especially in Massachusetts and Connecticut. more
U.S. stocks fell, after the biggest drop for the Nasdaq 100 Index in two years, as technology and consumer companies extended last week’s slide before the start of corporate earnings season. more
Prices paid to American factories and service producers rose in April by the most in more than a year, indicating a diminishing risk of deflation as demand improves. more
U.S. stocks fluctuated, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index poised for a weekly drop, as DuPont Co. slid after cutting its earnings forecast while utilities and consumer shares led gains. more
The U.S. jobless rate declined to a six-year low of 5.9 percent in September and employers in the U.S. added more workers than projected, signs of more vigor in the labor market that will help sustain faster economic growth. more
The homeownership rate in the U.S. declined to the lowest in almost 19 years as rising property prices and mortgage rates held back demand. more
The Mass. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that preliminary estimates show the state added 8,100 jobs in March and that the total unemployment rate dropped another 0.2 of a percentage point, to 6.3 percent, from the February rate. more
Three years ago, the Rhode Island chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. spent nine months getting permit approvals for a small, $30,000 office renovation in Pawtucket that its president says should have taken a month. more
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