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Mass. unemployment rate stable at 3.5%

For the seventh straight month, the state's unemployment rate has remained level at 3.5 percent, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday.

Time to get smart on Mass. sales tax

The Massachusetts economy is continuing to strengthen. Since the state budget covers two years, now is the time to take a reasonable portion of that prosperity and feed it back into the local economy...

Mass. trails country in economic growth

State House News Service |

Economic growth in Massachusetts slowed in the first quarter and trailed growth across the United States for the second straight quarter.

Greater Worcester economy grows 2.3%

Zachary Comeau |

According to an Assumption College economics professor, the Greater Worcester economy grew about 2.3 percent over the first quarter.

Worcester-area unemployment fell to 4% in March

The Worcester-area unemployment rate decreased to 4 percent in March, following a statewide trend of lower unemployment and higher employment and labor force numbers.

Set up a proper intern program

JOSEPH T. BARTULIS, JR. |

While it's hard to imagine summer is right around the corner, certain employers annually look forward to the prospect of free summer labor provided by unpaid interns. But not every intern should be...

Wegmans opens first-of-its-kind Natick store

Grant Welker |

Wegmans didn't quite know what to expect opening its Natick Mall location Sunday. The chain has never opened a store quite like the one replacing a former JCPenney there.

Worcester shop owner sentenced to 8 months for food stamp fraud

Zachary Comeau |

The owner of Esther's Fashion Paradise, who pleaded guilty last year to a food stamp scheme worth nearly $300,000, was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in federal prison.

Kennedy Community Health Center a leader on LGBTQ equality

Emily Micucci |

The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, based in Worcester, has been named an industry leader by the Human Rights Campaign.

2ovens restaurant in Shrewsbury a casualty of Bertucci's bankruptcy

Grant Welker |

A concept restaurant in Shrewsbury from Bertucci's called 2ovens has closed as part of the Northborough chain's bankruptcy filing.

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