WHAT: Rhode Island’s overall Current Conditions Index (CCI) value dropped from 25 in January to 17 in February with only two of its 12 indicators improving relative to its position in February of 2020, says University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. While Lardaro’s CCI is predicated on year-over-year changes, due to depressed pandemic values he has also been tracking CCI on a month-over-month basis since May of last year. On that basis, the economy has shown some slight improvement – including in Retail Sales, Employment Services Jobs, Total Manufacturing Hours and Manufacturing Wage. Lardaro cautions that while the state may be moving in the right direction growth rates thus far have not been particularly impressive. He further stressed that any recovery without a focus

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