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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...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND economist Leonard Lardaro said economic activity accellerated in Rhode Island on Monday. He said this may result in revenue growth. /COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: Acceleration in economy continues; index at its highest value in...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A “well-defined and broadly based acceleration in the pace of economic activity” in Rhode Island continued in March, according to University...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS Index rose to 83 in February, higher than any value last year, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro.

Lardaro: Economic momentum accelerating, labor force performance still ‘train wreck’

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island’s economy is “definitely accelerating,” according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro, but he still views the labor...
UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro released his latest Current Conditions Index for November, showing that of the 12 indicators that comprise the index, eight improved over the year. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: Economy continues to ‘hang in there’

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In its first move in three months, Rhode Island’s Current Conditions Index fell to 67 in November from its 2016 high...
NINE OF THE 12 indicators that comprise the Current Conditions Index improved in October, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: Economy holds steady in October, still ‘canary in the proverbial...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The state’s Current Conditions Index remains at 75 for the third consecutive month, according to Leonard Lardaro, a University of Rhode...
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