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Worcester County wage, employment growth trail state, national averages

Grant Welker |

Wage and employment growth in Worcester County rose in the second quarter but trailed state and national averages, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Poverty up in Worcester neighborhoods, as home values lag

Grant Welker |

Even with a long period of economic growth and redevelopment through significant stretches of downtown, Worcester has not been spared from some broader troublesome trends.

Biz confidence dims amidst market volatility, gov't shutdown

State House News Service |

Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December.

On economy, Boston Fed president leaning close to optimists

State House News Service |

The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Wednesday advocated for the nation's central bank to wait out some of the recent volatility in the markets before charting a new course on monetary...

Gas workers ratify contract, due back to work this month

State House News Service |

National Grid gas workers who have been locked out since June are set to be back on the job later this month.

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Tentative agreement reached between National Grid, gas workers

State House News Service |

The prolonged contract dispute and lockout that has riled the natural gas industry and labor and political circles since June could be coming to an end.

Baker signs lockout benefits bill

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday morning signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits for locked-out workers, legislation for which unions of locked-out gas workers have clamored.

662,000 Mass. workers to receive pay bump next week

State House News Service |

Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect next week.

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