URI economist: State is knocking on recovery’s door

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WHAT: The Current Conditions Index for May was 50, unchanged from April, but vastly better than last May’s 17. Rhode Island’s economy is in neutral. Will it shift into a higher gear, remain in neutral, or downshift?


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


WHEN: For release today, July 12, 2010


HOW: Use enclosed 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 http://members.cox.net/lardaro/current.htm.


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

Jan Wenzel, 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.