Rhode Island’s leading economic indicator index rose 0.2 percent in December, after advancing 0.3 percent in November, according to the Providence Business News/e-forecasting.com Leading Economic Indicator Index.
Rhode Island’s economy grew at a slower rate than that of the United States in 2013, despite an improving employment picture, according to a small business profile that the Office of Advocacy within the U.S. Small Business Administration released recently for all 50 states.
When Lincoln D. Chafee became governor in January 2011, the unemployment rate for Rhode Island residents was 11.4 percent. By November 2014, it had dropped to 7.1 percent.
In the same time frame, …