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CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX for Rhode Island in October was 83. A CCI above 50 indicates economic growth. /COURESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: R.I. CCI shows growth, but there is ‘potential reason for...

PROVIDENCE - University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro posted a Current Conditions Index for Rhode Island in October of 83, a 33-point gain...
MEASURING 75, Leonard Lardaro's September 2017 Current Conditions Index reported a tie year-to-date. The "train wreck" labor force, as Lardaro called it in the report, gained 0.5 percent. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

September 2017 CCI ties measure year-to-date

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The state’s September economy lined up exactly with that of 2016, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro’s latest...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX for August was 83. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

August: Current Conditions Index posts fifth consecutive strong reading

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -  Rhode Island’s economy continued to outperform year over year, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro in the latest...
TEAM APPROACH: Donald R. Nokes, president and founder of NetCenergy, an information technology services firm, converses with employees at their Cranston office. From left, Kelsey Nokes, manager, business systems; Greg Morrell, network engineer; Donald R. Nokes, president; and Chris Aloisio, lead engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?

Donald R. Nokes started NetCenergy, an outsourced information technology firm, about 14 years ago.Today, from its headquarters in Cranston, the company provides IT support...
JULY'S CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX posted a fourth consecutive reading of 83, which shows 10 of the 12 indicators in the index improved over the last 12 months. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

July: Current Conditions Index posts fourth consecutive strong reading

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Positivity heralds the start of the second half of 2017, said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro in the latest...
LEONARD LARDARO MEASURED Rhode Island's Current Conditions Index at 83 in June. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI holds steady, again

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a “very disappointing 2016,” the first half of 2017 was “quite favorable” said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro...
IMPROVEMENTS IN 10 of the one dozen economic readings that make up the Current Conditions Index show that the state is moving forward in a sustained way at the moment, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro.

Do you feel strong positive economic momentum in the state right...

University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro is often seen as a “gloomy Gus” when it comes to his read on Rhode Island in...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015.On average, he gets about one...
IMPROVEMENTS IN 10 of the one dozen economic readings that make up the Current Conditions Index show that the state is moving forward in a sustained way at the moment, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro.

Lardaro: R.I. economy continues torrid 2017 run in May

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island “appears to be well into restoring the momentum it lost last year,” said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard...
LEONARD LARDARO'S Current Conditions Index suggests that Rhode Island's economy expanded in April, but at a slower rate than March. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI fell 9 pts. from March, bounced back 50 pts. from...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Momentum gained through 2016 has sustained itself through April 2017 according to the latest Current Conditions Index measured by University of...
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