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THE UNINSURED rate in the U.S. increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Almost 2M more Americans uninsured in 2018, census says

NEW YORK – The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million people in 2018, according to new data released by...
IN 2017, 4% of homes in the Ocean State were designated as vacation homes. / COURTESY INVESTMENT PROPERTY EXCHANGE SERVICES

Report: 4% of R.I. homes are vacation homes, highest concentration in...

PROVIDENCE – Just over 4% of properties in Rhode Island were vacation homes in 2017, according to a new report from Investment Property Exchange...

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...
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...
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