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Mass. unemployment falls to 3.6 percent

Thanks to a 7,300 rise in jobs added in Massachusetts last month, the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.6 percent.

Job fair to aid 300-plus hurricane evacuees

Zachary Comeau |

After a devastating hurricane season in the Caribbean, the city and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce are hosting a job and resource fair for the hundreds of evacuees now living in the city.

Clean energy sector adds more jobs

State House News Service |

The clean energy industry added over 4,000 new jobs in the past year, easily outpacing overall employment growth in Massachusetts, according to a new report.

Worcester's Allegro Microsystems expands NH facility

Zachary Comeau |

Worcester-based Allegro Microsystems has begun a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the company's Manchester, N.H. facility, the company announced Tuesday.

Medical device tax to return

State House News Service |

The failure of Republicans in Congress this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act means that a controversial tax on medical device sales will return in 2018 unless legislators intervene in the next...

Central Mass. receives $40,000 grant for paid STEM internships

The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and the city of Worcester are one of five recipients of $200,000 in state grants to help increase internship opportunities in STEM fields for high...

WPI's Leshin is highest-paid private-college president in Central Mass.

Grant Welker |

Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin made $764,400 in 2015, though her pay was eclipsed by the heads of UMass Medical School and MCPHS.

Movers & Shakers

Lampin Corp., Provo Wealth Management and Worcester Art Museum are among the companies with recent hires and promotions.

The PawSox true value

Grant Welker |

With Worcester eyeing a deal others have valued at $38 million to attract the minor league baseball team from Rhode Island, economists warn $7 million is a better deal for the city.

Worcester shop pleads guilty to $282K in food-stamp fraud

Esther's Fashion Paradise, a store in Main South in Worcester, illegally took food-stamp benefits in exchange for cash, its owner acknowledged in federal court Wednesday.

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