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If the region’s business leaders listened only to the chattering class or politicians with points to score, you get the sense they wouldn’t bother to get out of bed in the morning. After all, Rhode Island is dead last is every job-creation or business-climate list, right? more
The winning candidates in the fall elections may inherit a healthier economy than their campaign slogans suggest. more
Drivers across the U.S. enjoying the lowest pump prices for this time of year since 2010 will probably see further declines as refineries benefiting from the shale boom produce record amounts of fuel. more
Treasuries fell with U.S. stocks, while the dollar headed for its best week this year after data showing retail sales rose bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. more
American consumer confidence rose to the highest level in more than a year in September, as households’ views on the outlook for the economy brightened. more
An index of Rhode Island’s leading economic indicators increased 0.6 percent in July after an increase of 0.4 percent in June, the fifth consecutive month of gains in the state’s economic indicator index produced by Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com. more
Job openings held close to a more than a 13-year high in July as employers remained confident about the outlook for demand in the world’s biggest economy. more
Gasoline prices fell a penny in Rhode Island, and gained a penny in Massachusetts, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. more
Registering a positive value of 75, Rhode Island’s economic momentum for July is providing a “glimmer of hope” in a year that has mostly disappointed to date, University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro said Monday. more
Success stories like Trevor Lynn’s or Xiao Wei Chen’s are going to get rarer as older businesses overshadow startups in U.S. job creation. more
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