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URI economistís index hits highest mark since 2003

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

11 of 12 indicators show improvement

WHAT: The Current Conditions Index rose all the way to 92, its highest level since November of 2003. It is now abundantly clear that Rhode Islandís economic performance during the fourth quarter was its strongest in terms of overall momentum for quite some time. The sole indicator that failed to improve was government employment, which reflects the effects of fiscal consolidation.

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

WHEN: For release today, Feb. 12, 2013

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 Lardaroís web site at http://www.llardaro.com/current.htm. Lardaro will be blogging about the new labor data during the coming weeks. You can find his discussion and charts at http://rieconomy.blogspot.com.

FOR
INFORMATION: Leonard Lardaro, office, 401-874-4128, home, 401-783-9563
Dave Lavallee, 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.