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Mass. unemployment stays at 3.6%

Bay State employers added 6,000 jobs last month and have added 68,100 jobs since August 2017, the state announced Friday as the unemployment rate held firm at 3.6 percent in August.

With dieting, more are aware of importance, fewer take action

Susan Shalhoub |

Fewer adults today say they're dieting. But dietitians serve to answer questions from those who can be confused by conflicting or shifting trends.

Falling behind: Worcester median income drops nearly 6%

Grant Welker |

The median income for a Worcester household fell by nearly 6 percent last year, appearing to show the city being left outside of broad economic gains statewide and elsewhere.

Column: Prisoners among MWCC's best students

RACHEL FRICKE CARDELLE |

We at Mount Wachusett Community College have a strong belief in the power of education to transform lives.

The largest Central Mass. communities are bulking up their rainy day funds

Grant Welker |

Despite a long run of economic growth, economists are predicting when the next market correction or recession may hit.

Help Needed: Massachusetts has the largest construction worker shortage in the nation

Grant Welker |

With the Massachusetts unemployment rate at just 3.6 percent in July, construction firms simply can't find enough workers.

Companies, advocates say marijuana firms are agreeing to excessive host community payments

Zachary Comeau |

According to marijuana industry advocates and lawmakers, cities and towns ask for what they call exorbitant cash payments and services, which advocates say don't comply with the law.

Worcester approves $101M ballpark financing

Zachary Comeau |

Worcester City Councilors have approved the borrowing of nearly $101 million to pay for the design, construction and land acquisition costs for the new home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Worcester approves $101M financing for PawSox ballpark

Grant Welker| Zachary Comeau |

City councilors on Wednesday approved the borrowing of nearly $101 million to pay for a ballpark in the Canal District and other ordinances for the project.

Worcester career center unveils rebranding, new focus

Grant Welker |

The state's nearly 30 career centers, including Worcester's have rebranded and changed their focus at a time when unemployment is at only 3.6 percent.

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