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Worcester ranked worst 2017 Mass. housing market, 63rd nationally

A new report has ranked the Worcester-area housing market at 63rd in the nation for 2017 amid predictions that the country will see a slowing housing market in the face of increasing mortgage rates.

Worcester unemployment falls to 3.1%

Sam Bonacci |

Unemployment in the Worcester metro area fell to 3.1 percent in October while Framingham came in at a scant 2.3 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Tuesday.

Mass. employers having trouble finding qualified employees

Sam Bonacci |

A new survey has found that 75 percent of employers are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions, up from 69 percent in 2013, particularly in the central and western parts...

The battle over legal pot rages on


Marijuana may soon be legal in Massachusetts, but industry officials warn of regulatory & local fights before the Green Rush hits the Bay State.

Westborough liquor license spree

Sam Bonacci |

The town of Westborough will receive 22 additional liquor licenses in the next three years in an effort by town officials to bring more restaurants into the community with a special focus on the...

Retailers predict 3.9 percent holiday sales boost


While not as robust as last year, retail sales this holiday season should be strong in Massachusetts, according to new survey results.

Mass. jobless rate falls to 3.3 percent


The Massachusetts unemployment rate declined for the fourth consecutive month in October, falling to 3.3 percent.

Inmate auto training program launches in Milford

Sam Bonacci |

A new Automotive Technology Program is underway at the Department of Correction in Milford with the goal of getting inmates trained for the workforce upon exiting prison.

Worcester manufacturing pay up 28% in 10 years

Brad Kane |

The average annual pay for an employee of a Worcester County private manufacturing company dipped slightly last year to $74,642, but salaries for the region's manufacturing workers have increased 28...

South Worcester turning point

Sam Bonacci |

A groundbreaking at the South Worcester Industrial Park is a step forward for both the neighborhood and local manufacturers.

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