WHAT: During the second quarter, Rhode Island’s rate of growth plateaued, moving the state uncomfortably close to stall speed. At times like this, it is important to remember that Rhode Island is still in a recovery, and that the recovery is moving closer to the 18-moth mark.
WHO: URI Professor of Economics Leonard Lardaro, creator and author of the Current Conditions Index.
WHEN: For release today Aug. 15, 2011
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.
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.