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UNITED STATES residential home starts dropped 0.9% to a 1.27 million annualized rate in April after a revised 1.28 million pace in the prior month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. housing starts stabilize as building permits edge up

WASHINGTON – United States new-home construction fell in May after an April reading that was stronger than initially reported, signaling stabilization in the market...
RHODE ISLAND had the second-highest per capita expenditure on lottery in the nation in 2017. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

R.I. has second-highest spending per capita on lottery in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders spent $502.01 on the lottery per capita in 2017, the second-highest amount in the nation only to Massachusetts, according to...
THE POPULATION of Rhode Island increased 4,358 people from 2010 to 2018 to a total of 1.06 million. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Report: R.I. population grows 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1.06M

PROVIDENCE – The population of Rhode Island increased 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1,057,315 residents, or an increase of 4,358 people, according to...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
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Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
WHILE THE MAJORITY of public colleges and universities in New England saw double-digit increases in tuition and fee totals at two- and four-year institutions since the 2012-13 academic year, Rhode Island's results were split. The Ocean State saw a 15.5 percent increase in two-year tuition and fees (represented by the two top bar graphs) but a 9.8 percent decrease in four-year tuition and fees (represented by the two bottom bar graphs). / COURTESY NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Report: Tuition, fee increases at public colleges impact region; R.I. results...

PROVIDENCE – Increases in tuition and fees at public colleges and universities across the region in the past five academic years have widened the...
THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU released data this week showing that the median household income in Rhode Island was $63,870 in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Census report breaks down state of Rhode Island in 2017

PROVIDENCE – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey were released this week for 2017, with information that provides a comprehensive...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S proposed 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, will increase prices on those imports and has inspired European Union retaliatory tariffs on U.S. bourbon, both of which would negatively affect the state’s brewing and distillery industries, according to a recent analysis by the Brookings Institution. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Analysis: New tariffs on steel, aluminum could affect R.I. brewing, distillery...

PROVIDENCE – The Trump administration’s proposed 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, will increase prices on those imports and has...
GROUNDBREAKINGS ON SINGLE-FAMILY home proceeded in November at the strongest pace in a decade. / BLOOMBERG

U.S. single-family housing starts rise to highest in a decade

NEW YORK - Groundbreaking on single-family homes proceeded in November at the strongest pace in a decade, driving U.S. housing starts to a faster-than-estimated rate,...
UNITED STATES RETAIL SALES rose 0.8 perent in November, ahead of estimates. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ARIANA LINDQUIST

U.S. retail sales jump more than forecast in broad advance

NEW YORK - United States retail sales rose more than forecast in November and the previous month was revised higher, indicating a broad strengthening...
HOMEOWNERSHIP RATES in Rhode Island declined in every age bracket except those 60 and older from the years 2009 to 2015. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DERICK E. HINGLE

Report: R.I. homeownership rates declined from 2009-2015

PROVIDENCE – Between 2009 and 2015, homeownership declined in Rhode Island for every age group except for those 60 and older, according to a...
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