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Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts rose almost 14 percent last month, marking the best August since 2005, according to a report released Tuesday by The Warren Group. more
Home prices in the Providence metro area rose slightly in July over the previous month, according to the LPS Home Price Index released Monday. more
U.S. stocks fell, following three weeks of gains for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as financial shares slumped and investors watched speeches from Federal Reserve officials for clues on monetary policies. more
U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, following three weeks of gains for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as a report showed that China’s manufacturing expanded at its fastest pace in six months. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the highest in New England in August, rising to 9.1 percent from 8.9 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
In 2012, 13.7 percent of Rhode Islanders, or close to 139,000 people, lived in households with income below the federal poverty level, according to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August climbed to 9.1 percent, an increase from 8.9 percent in July, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. more
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to a record high after the Federal Reserve unexpectedly refrained from reducing bond buying, emboldening bulls who have enjoyed a 154 percent rally since stimulus began five years ago. more
U.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index approached a record high, as investors awaited a Federal Reserve announcement on the prospects for monetary stimulus. more
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said the central bank should act to bring down “stubbornly, and unacceptably, high” joblessness that’s been stuck near 9 percent or above since April 2009. more
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