RI economy http://ripr.org en 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 House GOP Announces "Getting to 25" Initiative to Improve RI's Economy http://ripr.org/post/house-gop-announces-getting-25-initiative-improve-ris-economy <p><a href="http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-newberry-2014-general-assembly-session-gop-outlook">As promised</a> by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, the six-member House GOP caucus is moving ahead with a 16-point plan, dubbed "Getting to 25," intended to improve Rhode Island's economy.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:27:03 +0000 Ian Donnis 27463 at http://ripr.org 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 The Bottom Line: Survey Finds RI Businesses Optimistic http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-survey-finds-ri-businesses-optimistic <p>Rhode Island businesses say they&#39;re optimistic about the state&#39;s economy and their own prospects, though they&#39;re not yet confident enough to make major capital investments.</p><p></p><p>That&#39;s according to a new survey, as RIPR host Dave Fallon learns from Providence Business News&#39; Mark Murphy in this week&#39;s Bottom Line.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 22718 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Survey Finds RI Businesses Optimistic The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy http://ripr.org/post/harsh-realities-rhode-islands-economy <p>Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:43:12 +0000 Scott MacKay 22081 at http://ripr.org The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy Some economic truths Rhode Island won't want to hear http://ripr.org/post/some-economic-truths-rhode-island-wont-want-hear <p>Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism.</p><p>As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:59:35 +0000 Scott MacKay 22064 at http://ripr.org URI Prof: Signs Show an Improving RI Economy http://ripr.org/post/uri-prof-signs-show-improving-ri-economy <p>A University of Rhode Island economics professor who tracks the state’s economy every month finds it was in good shape for the month of July.</p><p>Professor Leonard Lardaro says nine of 12 indicators he tracks are in positive territory.&nbsp; The only lagging indicators are government employment, the size of the labor force and new claims for unemployment.</p><p></p><p>Overall, Lardaro said we’re heading into the second half of the year in a fairly strong position.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:15:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 21747 at http://ripr.org URI Prof: Signs Show an Improving RI Economy Marcello says The Truth on 38 Studios is Out There; MacBeth to Push for Subpoena Power http://ripr.org/post/marcello-says-truth-38-studios-out-there-macbeth-push-subpoena-power <p></p><p>State Representative <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/representatives/MacBeth/default.aspx">Karen MacBeth</a> (D-Cumberland) wants the House Oversight Committee to use its subpoena power to extract documents and compel appearances by key figures in Rhode Island's losing investment in failed video game maker 38 Studios.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:55:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 21516 at http://ripr.org Marcello says The Truth on 38 Studios is Out There; MacBeth to Push for Subpoena Power Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day http://ripr.org/post/some-sobering-thoughts-union-members-labor-day <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20930 at http://ripr.org "Current Conditions" Index Shows Good Signs for Rhode Island Economy http://ripr.org/post/current-conditions-index-shows-good-signs-rhode-island-economy <p>Rhode Island’s economy ended the second quarter on a positive note, according to the latest Current Conditions Index.&nbsp; The index is a monthly rating of the state’s economy based on a dozen key indicators.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:48:47 +0000 Flo Jonic 19915 at http://ripr.org