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Massachusetts’ growth slowed in the third quarter after “robust growth” in the second quarter, MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy, reported on Thursday. more
Service industries expanded in May at the fastest pace in nine months as orders picked up, indicating improving sales will help the U.S. economy strengthen. more
The R.I. Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has issued policy guidelines for the appropriate use of social media and social networking in medical practice. more
Unemployment in the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area plunged 1.6 percentage points to 7.8 percent in April, non-seasonally adjusted, compared with 9.4 percent a month earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. more
Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in seven years, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. more
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May to push U.S. payrolls past their pre-recession peak and the jobless rate held at an almost six-year low as the economy gained traction. more
Rhode Island’s May unemployment rate of 8.2 percent was the highest in the country for a seventh consecutive month, but Rhode Island was also one of 32 states with year-over-year unemployment rate declines designated statistically significant, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
After analyzing tax data from 32,000 businesses, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday that there were 1,800 more Rhode Island-based jobs in the first quarter than originally estimated. more
Payrolls at U.S. companies climbed in June by the most since November 2012, a sign the job market is strengthening as demand picks up. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators rose 0.4 percent in May to 126.8 from 126.3 in April, the second consecutive month of gains in the state’s economic indicator index produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com. more
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