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New England business owners conveyed strong optimism about prospects in 2014, with sales or revenue increases reported throughout the retail, manufacturing and consulting sectors, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s Beige Book released Wednesday. more
Even as the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area stayed at 8.6 percent in November for the second consecutive month, the size of the labor force grew 0.8 percent to 691,500, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Tuesday. more
The productivity of U.S. workers rose more than projected in the fourth quarter as the world’s largest economy expanded, helping to restrain labor costs. more
American consumers in 2013 were more upbeat than at any time in the previous six years as views on the economy, finances and the buying climate improved. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched downward in January to 9.2 percent, the lowest rate since November 2008, according to the latest monthly report from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The state’s civilian labor force totaled 550,300 in January, up 200 from December 2013 but down 9,700 from January 2013. more
Companies added more workers than projected in December as U.S. employers grew more optimistic about the prospects for demand, a private report based on payrolls showed today. more
About 90 percent of Rhode Island business leaders think the U.S. economy will improve in the next 12 months, based on a survey taken by about 350 attendees at the Santander Bank and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Omni Hotel on Thursday. more
Rhode Island’s economic growth accelerated in the final months of 2013, bolstered by improved employment in the state, according to the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator index released Monday by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and Bryant University’s Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies. more
Small businesses nationwide reported improved optimism as 2013 drew to a close, and reports of capital spending increased significantly, but the index measuring business owners’ sentiment in December still fell below previous mid-year readings and trailed the pre-2008 recession average by six points, the National Federation of Independent Businesses said Tuesday. more
The homeownership rate in the U.S. declined in the fourth quarter as higher borrowing costs and tight credit blocked many first-time buyers. more
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