The headline for Rhode Island’s employment picture for March is that the unemployment rate slid all the way down to 8.7% (still last in the nation, though). You’d be hard pressed to find evidence of this employment boom in the experience of living here, but there it is. The first chart below illustrates why some […]
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Rhode Island’s employment picture for February gives a positive impression, on first look. Put in the contexts of the past and of the country, however, it’s not quite as sunny. On the first count, the numbers show a boom in employment, out of nowhere. We’ve seen such results every year for the past several, and […]
Download report (PDF) Published in Cooperation with the Beacon Hill Institute Deepwater Impact On December 13th, National Grid supplied new details about its contract with Deepwater Wind to purchase power produced by its proposed offshore wind farm. The contract calls for above-market rates, with the total cost estimated in the response along with other details. […]
Rhode Island’s 9.2% unemployment rate is worst in the nation by a half-percentage-point margin. No other state really comes close. Worse yet, for the first time since we started tracking these numbers, the Ocean State is the farthest in the union from its pre-recession employment peak. The first chart below illustrates the story pretty well. […]
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Rhode Island, with both the health benefits exchange (called HealthSource RI) and the expansion of Medicaid to cover able-bodied low-income adults, has been a lesson in government operation. The policies were put into place — and over $100 million in federal tax dollars were spent — without […]
The bleakest aspect of the latest employment report from the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is that Rhode Island is now all alone in last place. Whereas the Ocean State moved from 9.0% unemployment to 9.1% unemployment, Nevada dropped from the same level to 8.8%. Rhode Island is now 0.3 percentage points behind any […]
HealthSource RI has published its enrollment numbers from its opening to January 4, after the deadline to enroll for January coverage. In continuation of our series putting the number in context, we herein present them with reference to the federal millions that taxpayers provided in order to create an online government broker for Rhode Island’s […]
For the first time in years, Rhode Island’s population grew in 2013, but that’s not necessarily a positive outcome.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell to 9.0% in November, but that wasn’t enough to keep the state from falling to status as tied for worst.
With HealthSource RI’s release of its latest enrollment data, we herewith update our post from last month, breaking down the per-beneficiary expense in federal grants by various categories.