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URI economist: Contrary to reports, employment in state increasing

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

WHAT: While the official labor market data continue to depict an economy that is not only falling off the proverbial cliff, but that has entered into a double-dip recession, a news release from the governor’s office, based on analysis from the Department of Labor and Training, stated that employment here is not actually falling…but has actually been increasing for some time.

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

WHEN: For release Tuesday, August, 14, 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 Lardaro will be blogging about the new labor data during the coming weeks. You can find his discussion and charts at
Available Online: (NEW URL) Blog:

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.