News Advisory: URI professor says ‘R.I. economy on tear, kind of’

September’s Current Conditions marks 3 straight months at 75

WHAT: After stumbling somewhat in the second quarter of 2014, the pace of this recovery picked up noticeably in the third quarter, as the Current Conditions Index managed to reach and sustain a value of 75 for all three months of that quarter. This is a turning point of sorts, since the Current Conditions Index not only sustained its highest value for this year, it has now matched or exceeded year-earlier values for two consecutive months.

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

WHEN: For release Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

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:

FOR 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.


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