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URI economist: State shows ‘spark of life’

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

November’s Current Conditions Index jumps to 67

WHAT: Rhode Island’s economy finally showed a spark of life in November, as it was able to break out of the neutral range it had been stuck in since May. The Current Conditions Index rose to 67 in November, its highest value since February, as eight of 12 indicators improved.

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

WHEN: For release today, January 17, 2012

HOW: Use attached 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 Lardaro’s web site at You can also read his blog at

INFORMATION: Leonard Lardaro, office, 401-874-4128, home, 401-783-9563
Dave Lavallee, URI Department of Communications and Marketing, 401-874-5862.

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.