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COVID-19 will change how states compete for jobs

COVID-19 has triggered an economic contraction unlike any other. States that adopt a strategic vision to address the crisis will have a better chance...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island approached 8,000 on Tuesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/ CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

24 new COVID-19 deaths in R.I.; Raimondo joins states for bulk...

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Sunday said Rhode Island is joining other Northeast states for bulk purchasing of medical equipment and supplies,...
LONELY PLACE: A visitor walks in an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis in March. Some corporations are taking the first steps toward bringing employees back to work. / AP FILE PHOTO/DARRON CUMMINGS

Back to work? Companies finding easier said than done

NEW YORK – As state and federal leaders tussle over when and how fast to “reopen” the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, some...
ADAPTING: Liam Maloney is a tasting room manager at The Industrious Spirit Co. The Providence company is offering free hand sanitizer it makes from the byproduct of vodka manufacturing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Reopening economy a moving target, but bizs keeping heartbeat alive

The numbers alone are staggering in measuring the depth of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island. In a state of...

Coronavirus freaked markets, not the Fed

The U.S. equity market finally took notice of the coronavirus, which now is spreading from China to other countries and increasing the risk of...

PBN survey: Businesses uncertain on growth

Business continues to be good in the Ocean State, but compared with previous years fewer companies are willing to bet right now on the...

What’s powering the economy? Frankly, it’s a mystery

The U.S. economy’s steady growth – the longest stretch since World War II without a recession – is something of a mystery. Last summer,...

Market peak for luxury R.I. homes?

Luxury homes continue to be in demand in the Ocean State, especially along the coast. It’s a welcome sign of the enduring strength of...

There are plenty of jobs, but where are the wages?

The most disappointing feature of the most recent jobs report is that wages did not grow very much, even though the U.S. economy is...
KEEPING TABS: Leonard Lardaro, University of Rhode Island economics professor, says indictors for Rhode Island are looking grim, but he doesn’t foresee a coming downturn as severe as the previous one to hit the state. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Economists say next downturn won’t be as bad for R.I.

Rhode Island has cranes in the sky, unemployment below 4%, new companies such as Infosys Ltd. and new jobs have arrived in its capital...

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