Rhode Island Economy

Rhode Island’s Unique Way Out of the Bottom Three

By Justin Katz | March 29, 2013 |

For many months, Rhode Island has been exchanging places with two other states for worst, second worst, and third worst official unemployment rate in the United States. February marked the milestone of Rhode Island’s breaking free from the dance. The Ocean State’s 9.4% unemployment rate tied with North Carolina for fifth worst, behind California, Nevada,…

Playing With Numbers

By Patrick Laverty | March 23, 2013 |

Baseball is a sport that is built on numbers. How many home runs a player has, how many strikeouts a pitcher has, his ERA or a hitter’s batting average. Most fans understand these numbers, how to figure them out and generally what they mean. A hitter who gets a hit three times out of ten…

The Mysteries of Employment Statistics

By Justin Katz | March 1, 2013 |

According to a news release from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT), there are actually 800 fewer people employed in Rhode Island than previously thought. But that’s a good thing… because even more people gave up looking for work than we thought. Recovery! Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

02/26/13 – A Conversation with Bruce Katz

By Justin Katz | February 26, 2013 |

Justin liveblogs from Brookings Institution VP Bruce Katz event with the RI Foundation.

Building It Doesn’t Make Them Come

By Justin Katz | February 18, 2013 |

Bruce Landis had an article in the Sunday Providence Journal with the telling title, “Few, but enthusiastic, riders.” The “few” are people actually taking advantage of the new length of commuter rail to Wickford. The train goes on from Providence to Boston. Data from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority show monthly rider- ship increasing from…

01/24/13 – Senate Improving Rhode Island’s Business Climate Summit

By Justin Katz | January 24, 2013 |

Justin liveblogs from the Senate’s “Moving the Needle” Summit.

December Employment: How to Feel About It…?

By Justin Katz | January 18, 2013 |

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%, after spending a couple of months at 10.4%, but at the same time, the Ocean State remains one of only two states above 10%. Moreover, the other one, Nevada, has made up more than a 1-percentage-point gap to reach a tie for last place. That said, the following…

01/17/13 – RI House Economic Conference

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2013 |

Justin writes live from a five-hour, four-panel economic conference put on by the RI House of Representatives.

Things We Read Today (45), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | January 2, 2013 |

Feeling hopeful, RI?; “top priority” is shown, not stated; RI gets fatherless children first; surviving sans regulation; surviving sans net income; and surviving sans a documented framework for working together. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

Zero.Zero Sales Tax: Objections and Who’s Objecting

By Justin Katz | December 28, 2012 |

As it happens, somebody forwarded to me the following Wall Street Journal political diary entry by Allysia Finley on the same day that the Providence Journal’s Philip Marcello reported that the Republicans in the Rhode Island House are considering championing the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s proposal to eliminate the state’s sales tax. Continue…

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