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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...

Can we deflate bubbles before they bust?

Economists may be finally closing in on the reason for asset bubbles. How to pop them before they grow too large, however, is a...

How second-tier U.S. cities catch the superstars

For the past three decades, one of the central stories in the U.S. economy has been the rise of superstar cities. As the country...
JEROME POWELL was the keynote speaker at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Monday night. / COURTESY CONSTANCE BROWN PHOTOGRAPH

Did hearing directly from Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce keynote speaker...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell on Nov. 25 told an estimated 720 business leaders at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting...

Trillion-dollar is just what the economy needs right now

The federal budget deficit was just shy of $1 trillion for fiscal year 2019, prompting the usual hand-wringing about the long-term fiscal health of...

Americans feel down about a decent economy

In early 2017, a strange pattern began to appear. So-called soft economic numbers – surveys of business leaders and consumers – started to look...

PBN survey: Businesses wary on economy

Businesses feel good about their immediate prospects but are increasingly wary of what might lie ahead for the overall economy. That’s the biggest takeaway from...

Banks don’t need lower rates

It’s generally accepted that one of the keys to a healthy economy is a robust banking system. For some reason, though, central banks seem...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX was 58 in May for Rhode Island, indicating expansion. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro – CCI holds steady with help from retail sales

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s Current Conditions Index remained at a value of 58 in May, showing no change from the two previous months, but...
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