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Mass. July unemployment ticks up to 3.6%

The state’s unemployment rate ticked up a bit in July and is one-tenth of a percentage lower than where it was at this time last year.

Baker to allow sales tax holiday this weekend

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to authorize a sales tax holiday for this weekend, his office said Thursday morning, but the fate of the rest of the economic development bill and a slew of others due for...

Greater Worcester scores below average in population, business growth

Grant Welker |

The Worcester metropolitan area doesn't fare particularly well in a new national rating of cities based on a range of growth factors — nor does any other New England metro outside Boston.

CMass businesses briefed on Grand Bargain fallout

Grant Welker |

The minimum wage will rise, workers will no longer receive higher pay on Sundays and holidays, and a paid family and medical leave gives workers new benefits.

Baker vetoes welfare benefits, traffic congestion tolling bills

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday made a dent in the flurry of bills that landed on his desk in the closing weeks of July, vetoing three and returning two with recommended amendments.

Weed & the workplace

Zachary Comeau |

With cannabis legal to use in Massachusetts since December 2016, a worker could go home and toke up, akin to stopping by a pub for a beer. Well, not really.

Worcester area economy grows by 2.5%

Grant Welker |

The Worcester area economy grew by 2.5 percent in the second quarter, beating the pace of growth seen at any point in the region in the past year.

Health care, education bill talks falter at finish line

State House News Service |

The House and Senate stumbled across the finish line Tuesday night as talks over health care and education funding reforms collapsed.

Leisure, hospitality highlight Mass. job figures in June

The Massachusetts unemployment rate held at 3.5 percent in June and public officials reported Friday the state's labor force participation rate is at its highest level in 10 years.

Five mistakes to avoid in retirement

PAUL LITCHFIELD |

From taking too much risk to increased spending, retirees have a lot to think about when beginning the next chapter.

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