Dukakis, Weld agree on need for rail link

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They’re the ultimate political odd couple. One is a Democrat, the other a Republican, and while they fought bitterly back in their day, these former governors have set aside their differences to go on a quixotic quest.

Why American Teens Aren’t Working Summer Jobs Anymore

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This was supposed to be a better year for teenagers to land summer jobs, and July has always been the peak month for such positions. Things haven’t worked out that way, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report.

Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US

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Real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an estimated annualized rate of 5.4 percent in the second-quarter of 2015, according to figures released this week by MassBenchmarks.

Is the skills gap real?

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Economists challenge a politicians’ truism.

Plymouth selectmen sign on to state’s Community Compact

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The selectmen signed a “Community Compact” with the state Tuesday night, with the hope it will translate directly into cash for important infrastructure projects.

Some offshored manufacturing jobs return to US

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About 3,000 manufacturing jobs have returned from offshore to the Northeast in the past five years, including 600 to Massachusetts, according to the Reshoring Initiative, a group that promotes US manufacturing. The higher costs of doing business in Massachusetts can work against the state, said Harry Moser, the group’s founder, but reshoring here is still attractive to some companies because of the skilled workforce and proximity to colleges and universities.

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