Ri unemployment http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-uri-meets-eye <p>Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Scott MacKay 32578 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye RI Unemployment Rate Dips http://ripr.org/post/ri-unemployment-rate-dips-0 <p>Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.</p><p></p><p>The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.</p><p>The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February &nbsp;statistics.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:20:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 32218 at http://ripr.org RI Unemployment Rate Dips Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-political-economic-reality-and-myth <p>Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.&nbsp; On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Scott MacKay 28460 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth Unemployment Numbers Dip In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/unemployment-numbers-dip-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in November but still remains among the highest in the country.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell by two tenths of one percent in November -- from 9.2 percent to 9 percent.&nbsp; That’s two percent higher than the national rate and the highest in New England.&nbsp; Close to 50-thousand Rhode Islanders are actively looking for work.&nbsp; And to make matters worse, long-term unemployment benefits end December 28<sup>th</sup> because of congressional inaction.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:37:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 26589 at http://ripr.org Unemployment Numbers Dip In Rhode Island Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-vs-massachusetts-economic-myths <p>It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:45:22 +0000 Scott MacKay 23034 at http://ripr.org