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Consumer confidence reaches 8-year high

Confidence among U.S. consumers reached its highest level in more than eight years, according to the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index for April, released Friday.

Survey finds small-business owners optimistic

A recent survey of 250 small-business owners around the state pointed to an overall optimistic outlook for 2015.

Mass. economy advanced in 1st quarter despite weather

The state's real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 0.9 percent in the first quarter, according to the Current Economic Index released Wednesday in the journal MassBenchmarks.

Report: Massachusetts strong in 'middle market' firms

Carol McDonald |

Massachusetts has an estimated 3,963 “middle market” companies, making up 1 percent of overall businesses in the state, according to a new report.

State jobless rate dips again in March

Carol McDonald |

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate continues to fall, reaching its lowest point in about seven years last month, according to preliminary estimates from the Baker administration.

Mass. business confidence continues to climb

Confidence among Massachusetts business owners climbed in March to a level not seen since 2005, according to the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).

U.S. service industries grew in March

Economic activity in the services sector in the United States grew in March for the 62nd consecutive month, although that growth slowed slightly from February, the Institute for Supply Management...

U.S. jobs report for March misses mark

Sam Bonacci |

The March jobs report from the federal government brought a year-long streak of monthly payroll gains topping 200,000 to an end with only 126,000 jobs added in the month.

Survey: Stronger economic growth predicted

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is predicting U.S. economic growth will quicken its pace in 2015 and into 2016.

Study: Mass. among best for hiring college grads

BRITTANY LOPRIORE |

Massachusetts is one of three states that provide college graduates with the highest likelihood of landing jobs, according to a report out of Georgetown University.

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