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URI economist: State is knocking on recoveryís door

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WHAT: The Current Conditions Index for May was 50, unchanged from April, but vastly better than last Mayís 17. Rhode Islandís economy is in neutral. Will it shift into a higher gear, remain in neutral, or downshift?

WHO: URI Professor of Economics Leonard Lardaro, creator and author of the Current Conditions Index.

WHEN: For release today, July 12, 2010

HOW: Use enclosed information, including summary and charts prepared by Lardaro for news reports. He is available for broadcast and print interviews. The new information and other historical information can also be found on Lardaroís web site at

FOR INFORMATION: Leonard Lardaro, office, 401-874-4128, home, 401-783-9563
Jan Wenzel, URI Department of Communications and Marketing, 401-874-2116.

BACKGROUND: The Current Conditions Index, created by Lardaro, measures the strength of the present economic climate in R.I. by following the behavior of 12 indicators.