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The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose last week as employers continued to adjust staffing levels following the holidays. more
The index of U.S. leading economic indicators decreased in January for a second month, reflecting a slump in stock prices as well as a pickup in jobless claims that has since reversed. more
Rhode Island’s leading economic indicator index increased in April to 131.3, one-tenth of a percentage point higher than in March, according to Providence Business News and e-forecasting.com. more
Service industries expanded in January at the slowest pace in nearly two years, raising the risk that persistent weakness in manufacturing is starting to creep into the rest of the U.S. economy. more
The New England jobless rate was 5.2 percent in March, 1 percentage point less than it was in March 2014, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, giving workers more reason to feel secure in their jobs. more
The Providence-Warwick metropolitan area ranked 233rd out of 358 metro areas nationwide for its decline in construction employment year over year in July, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. more
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than forecast to an eight-week high, representing a pause in a trend of more muted firings. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment for April dropped to 6.1 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point lower than it was in March, according to data released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
Consumer confidence increased more than forecast in June as Americans grew more optimistic about the economy and the labor market. more
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