Rhode Island ended the third quarter on a fairly positive but mixed note, as there was both good news and bad news about our state’s performance. First, the good news: the Current Conditions Index rose from 67 in August to 75 in September, as nine indicators improved overall. Several of those improvements were very substantial changes. The bad good news comes when we contrast our state’s performance this year with that last year: for a second consecutive month, and the third time in four months, the CCI failed to exceed its year-earlier value. During the fourth quarter, it is not unreasonable for us to expect to see this pattern repeated every month. This has been a concern of mine for some time now, and I have written about it in the last few reports, for if this does come to pass, as is likely, it would reflect a definite slowdown in our rate of growth relative to the end of last year. However, in light of the clear acceleration in the pace of economic activity for Rhode Island as 2012 came to an end, this does not come as much of a surprise. The October CCI results will be quite interesting, as they will reflect not only the fiscal drag from Washington, but the effects of the government shutdown as well.