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Sales of new homes fell in July

Sales of new single-family homes across the United States in July fell more than 2 percent over June, although they were up 12.3 percent from July of last year, the government said Monday.

Central Mass. gained jobs in July

Rick Saia |

Central Massachusetts saw healthy job gains last month among the commonwealth's overall gain of nearly 14,000 jobs in July, data from the Patrick administration revealed Tuesday.

Housing starts, building permits surge

Housing starts and the number of issued building permits soared nationwide in July, exceeding analysts’ expectations and offering a double sign of increased housing and construction activity,...

Mass. jobs grow, so does jobless rate

John Agoglia |

Even as unemployment inched up by a tenth of a percent, the state added 13,800 jobs in July, the Patrick administration said Thursday.

Biz group sees tax, energy, health cost issues on horizon

State House News Service |

Taxes, energy policy and health care costs will be among the top issues the next governor and Legislature will have to address to make Massachusetts more competitive, according to an official from a...

Mass. Insight consumer confidence falls

Emily Micucci |

Boston-based consulting and research firm Mass Insight reported a sharp decline in consumer confidence in the third quarter of this year.

Job seekers unwilling to give up key benefits

Rick Saia |

About seven of every 10 people – employed and unemployed – are actively looking for a new job, but only a few said they’re willing to compromise on key benefits, according to a new...

Report: Worcester's economy trending up

John Agoglia |

Driven by solid gains in the labor market, the Worcester area economy continued to grow at a strong pace during the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest Worcester Economic Index (WEI).

New U.S. unemployment claims hit pre-recession low

John Agoglia |

In what may be seen as part of the continuing economic recovery, fewer people filed for U.S. unemployment benefits last week.

Mass. business confidence surges

Michael Novinson |

Employer confidence in the Massachusetts business climate surged last month, according to data released Tuesday by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).

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