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Central Mass. gained nearly 6,000 jobs in April

Rick Saia |

Central Massachusetts saw some of the healthiest gains in April's job market over the last year compared with other regions of the commonwealth, according to a state report released Tuesday.

5 ways to keep your best people

RYAN SUTTON Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

If your company is benefiting from the upswing in the U.S. economy, you might want to look at how you can reward your top performers. A recent Accountemps survey of more than 2,000 chief...

New college grads head off into a more robust job market

Carol McDonald |

Now that colleges have bid adieu to their latest crops of graduating seniors, the job market the grads face is the best in years, experts say.

By the numbers: Top job-gaining sectors in Mass.

Education and health services4,500 jobsProfessional, scientific and business...

Offshored jobs returning to mid-size U.S. cities


Verizon consolidated nearly 1,500 finance operations staff from more than 300 U.S. locations into service centers in Lake Mary, Fla., and Tulsa, Okla., indicative of a trend among...

Businesses, AG agree on sick-time transition rule


Massachusetts businesses worried about running afoul of a new ballot law are applauding an earned sick time regulation addition they say will give some companies "breathing room" to comply with the...

U.S. retail sales flat for April

Rick Saia |

Retail sales across the United States were flat last month, weighed down by rising gasoline prices and slight drops in sales of general merchandise and big-ticket items such as electronics and...

FLASH POLL: Who's ready for the new sick-time law?

In less than two months, the new state law mandating paid sick time will take effect. Under the 2014 ballot initiative, employers with at least 11 workers must provide up to 40 hours a year of paid...

U.S. unemployment rate falls to seven-year low

Carol McDonald |

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, and the nation's unemployment rate edged down to 5.4 percent, the lowest point since May of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday in its...

State's business confidence slips downward

Carol McDonald |

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index dropped 1.1 points in April to 59.1. March's figure of 60.2 had been a post-recession high.

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