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Manufacturing in the U.S. unexpectedly contracted in August for the first time in six months amid slumping orders and production that raise concern of renewed industrial weakness. more
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of a healthy labor market. more
The Rhode Island Statehouse dome is getting some much-needed attention this summer. more
Free trade is broadly positive for the U.S. economy, though not everyone benefits. Economist Tyler Cowen, a Bloomberg View columnist, and Robert Zoellick, a former U.S. trade representative, talk to View editor Paula Dwyer about improving the outlook for future free-trade deals by helping workers left behind. more
The R.I. Economic Development Corp. is urging the R.I. Superior Court to approve a proposed settlement in the ongoing 38 Studios LLC lawsuit, despite a recent legal objection that the state is calling “inflammatory.” more
(Updated 11:02 a.m.) Textron Inc. plans to restructure and align its businesses through employee reductions and facility consolidations, but no changes are planned for the company’s headquarters in Providence, a spokesman said Wednesday. more
Companies added workers to U.S. payrolls in August in line with projections, contributing to signs of a steady labor market, data from ADP Research Institute in Roseland, N.J., showed Wednesday. more
(Upated 9:55 a.m.) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced $1.9 million in funding for Rhode Island to improve access to treatment for opioid-use disorders. more
Rhode Island’s capital city is one of the best college towns in the nation, according to College Rank. more
Consumer confidence increased to an almost one-year high in August as Americans became more optimistic about the labor market, according to a report from the New York-based Conference Board on Tuesday. more
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