Newport and Bristol County, RI: Connect Greater Newport released its August monthly Regional  Economic Data which shows the following: 

● Regional unemployment sits at 2.4% – a slight increase from the prior month due to more  workers looking for employment 

● An estimated 1,779 more people are in the regional labor force than in February 2020. ● 2,799 more people were employed in July 2022 than before the pandemic  

● Newport Pell Bridge Traffic is still tracking slightly behind pre-pandemic levels – August  saw 97% of the traffic as compared to August 2019  

● Job growth in Newport and Bristol County is in the Middle Wage job band (annual  

earnings between $29,000 and $73,000) with increases of 16.1% and 13.2% respectively  as of June 2022, according to data from the Opportunity Insights: Economic Tracker.1 Connect Greater Newport’s Economic Pulse is a monthly publication that tracks the region’s  economic data to help inform regional leaders and investors. Additional information and data  visualization can be found at

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.