Entries by Justin Katz

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2015: Expected Down Note as Last Report of the Year

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The trend that has come to define Rhode Island’s employment picture in 2015 (indeed, since the end of the recession) continued for the final Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report for the year. In November, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2%, from 5.3% in […]

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2015: Two Losses Don’t Make a Gain

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] For yet another month, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.4% in September, to 5.3% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And for yet another month, that positive outcome resulted from two negative results. Employment actually dropped by […]

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2015: Growth Stops in Employment and Jobs

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.]   Once again, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.7% in August, to 5.4% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was, however, a silver lining built on an entirely dark cloud. Employment actually dropped by 521 people, […]

Making RhodeWorks Work for Rhode Islanders

[button url=”http://rifreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/ricfp-makingrhodeworkswork-071315.pdf” target=”http://rifreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/ricfp-makingrhodeworkswork-071315.pdf” size=”medium” style=”royalblue” ]Click for full “Making RhodeWorks Work” report[/button] As an alternative option to fund repairs of the Ocean State’s crumbling bridge and road infrastructure, a “pay as you go” approach that prioritizes current general revenue in the budget would provide budget certainty and save over half a billion dollars in wasteful, […]

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, April 2015: The Annual Wait for Realistic Numbers

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] In a news report that drifted into this author’s awareness, recently, an analyst explained Rhode Island’s employment boost in terms of seasonal changes. To the contrary, the numbers are supposed to be seasonally adjusted (to bring out underlying trends), and the pattern of this year […]