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Mass. business confidence keeps climbing

Rick Saia |

Confidence among Massachusetts businesses rose for the sixth straight month in February, reaching its highest point since December 2000, a prominent business group said Tuesday.

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U.S. growth slows to 2.2% annual rate

Economic growth in the United States slowed in the fourth quarter of 2014 to a 2.2-percent annual rate, weighed down in part by an increase in imports and a downturn in federal government spending,...

Baker tackling state's skills gap

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Gov. Charlie Baker put three of his top deputies on Thursday in charge of overseeing an effort to better align the state's education and workforce training systems with the needs of...

TJX announces profit growth, wage hike

Emily Micucci |

TJX Cos. delivered good news to shareholders and employees Wednesday, as the Framingham-based discount retailer announced profit and sales growth as well as plans to increase wages for U.S. employees...

Mass. consumer confidence hits 12-year high

Rick Saia |

Consumer confidence in Massachusetts reached its highest point in more than 12 years, helped by an improving job market, according to the group Mass Insight Global Partnerships.

Teens urge Baker: Reverse cut to jobs program

Gintautas Dumcius STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Advocates and teenagers called on Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday to reverse his reduction in funding for youth jobs and increase appropriations for such programs next month in his first budget proposal.

Snow throws wet blanket on economy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The snow and cold that have pounded transportation systems across Massachusetts and kept people huddled at home away from shops and restaurants has also put a dent in industrial and agricultural...

Consumer optimism edges downward

Carol McDonald |

Consumer confidence slipped in early February erasing gains made in January, according to a monthly index of U.S. consumer sentiment.

Fed official: Economy will keep growing

Rick Saia |

Away from the bone-chilling cold outside and the snowy, frigid weather forecast for the weekend, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston delivered something warm Friday at the Worcester...

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