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Stock volatility creates cap gains concern in state budget


Over the past few days, the volatility of world stock markets has been on display, as Chinese stock prices have fallen and U.S. stocks rode a roller coaster.

Retail lobby group opposes worker scheduling initiative


A ballot initiative petition that supporters say would make scheduling more fair for low-wage workers has drawn the ire of a prominent retail industry lobbying group, which says the proposed law "has...

Mass. adds another 7,200 jobs

Rick Saia |

Massachusetts added jobs for the 10th straight month in July, tacking on 7,200, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, the Baker administration said Thursday in its preliminary monthly...

Admins held in higher esteem

Administrative professionals are more valued today by their companies than they were a decade ago, say the executives they work for and the admins themselves.

QCC, MIT tapped for national photonics push

Carol McDonald |

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) will be a partner in a $600 million national effort to boost training in photonics, a discipline that studies and uses light for electronics and other...

Labor representative chosen for MassDOT board


State law provides the governor all of the appointments to the board, while it mandates that he select a labor representative from a list of three nominees provided by the Massachusetts State Labor...

National productivity improves in second quarter

Labor productivity — or output per hour — increased by 1.3 percent annual rate during the second quarter of 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday. This came...

Job fair on Worcester Common slated for Sept. 4

About 70 employers will participate in the UnCommon Job Fair on the Worcester Common Friday, Sept. 4.

U.S. gains another 215,000 jobs; unemployment rate unchanged

Rick Saia |

The nation's job market continued its expansion last month, gaining 215,000 jobs and marking the 10th month in the last 12 in which job gains have topped 200,000, a sign of a growing economy.

Baker signs sales tax holiday bill

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker made it official Thursday morning, signing legislation authorizing a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 15 and 16 on most major purchases in the Bay State.

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