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Second quarter stronger than anticipated says URI economist

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

WHAT: The second quarter ended on a positive note in Rhode Island, as economic activity remained strong throughout the quarter. The performance of Rhode Islandís economy for June was very good, as the Current Conditions Index registered a value of 75 with nine of 12 indicators improving.

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

WHEN: For release today, August 13, 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.