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Economic Indicators
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BOSTON – Massachusetts' total unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent, a 0.1 of a percentage point decrease from the February rate, according to the Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Over the year, the unemployment rate … more
The Ocean State ranked ninth among the 50 states during the first two months of 2015 for its export growth of 8.1 percent year over year, according to e-forecasting.com. more
Orders for business equipment unexpectedly fell in March for a seventh consecutive month, a sign business investment will remain sluggish. more
The Markit Economics preliminary index of U.S. manufacturing decreased to a three-month low of 54.2 in April from 55.7, the London-based group said Thursday. more
Consumer confidence retreated for a second week after reaching an almost eight-year high as lower- and middle-income Americans’ views of their financial well-being dimmed. more
A new National Park Service report shows that 51,523 visitors to the Roger Williams National Memorial spent $2.9 million in the state last year, a 7.4 percent increase over 2013. more
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits held below 300,000 for the seventh straight week, pointing to a rebound in payrolls after hiring eased last month. more
The average unemployment rate in New England was 5.9 percent last year, 1 percentage point less than 2013’s rate of 6.9 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Rhode Island was among the top five states in March with mortgages delinquent by 90 days or more, according to Black Knight Financial Services. more
Rhode Island ranked 47th among states and the District of Columbia for a year-over-year loss of 200 construction jobs in March, according to an analysis of U.S. Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. more
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