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Mass. lost 5,300 jobs in August

John Agoglia |

Massachusetts lost 5,300 jobs in August, causing the unemployment rate to rise to 5.8 percent, with the since-resolved ownership dispute at the Market Basket grocery store chain apparently playing a...

Business group supports sick leave referendum

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Question 4, which Democrats are promoting as a wedge issue in this year's race for governor, got a jolt of support Thursday as 200 business officials officially backed the proposal aimed at...

Initial unemployment claims rise

John Agoglia |

Initial claims for unemployment filings ticked up last week, the federal government said Thursday.

U.S adds 142,000 jobs; unemployment rate falls 0.1%

John Agoglia |

While lower than expected, and below the 212,000 average for each of the last 12 months, U.S. employers added 142,000 jobs in August, according to preliminary data from the government.

Federal data show exports driving Mass. economy

Emily Micucci |

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce announced new data today showing exports in metropolitan Boston totaled $22.2 billion in 2013 — a 4.6-percent increase over 2012 — ranking the Bay State 14th in...

Study: Thirty-somethings choose happiness over money

John Agoglia |

The old adage about money not being able to buy happiness may be true, especially for workers in their 30s, according to a study released Thursday by Clark University.

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.

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