US economy grew at 2.9 percent rate in third quarter

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy expanded at an accelerated pace in the third quarter of 2016, faster than the national economy, which had its biggest gains in two years, the University of Massachusetts reported on Friday. The state’s economy grew at 3.7 percent in the three months ending in September, compared […]

The two reasons it really is harder to get a job than it used to be

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By Jeff Guo | The Washington Post It used to be that jobs returned swiftly after a recession. But since the 1990s, the labor market seems to have lost much of its natural buoyancy. The past three downturns caused extended periods of underemployment. Years after economic output had fully rebounded, there were still fewer people at work. Economists have struggled […]

Bluestone, CHTF Honored By B’nai B’rith Housing

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By Banker & Tradesman staff Northeastern University professor Barry Bluestone and the Commonwealth Housing Task Force were honored by B’nai B’rith Housing on Tuesday evening for their commitment to affordable housing in Greater Boston. Bluestone, founder of Northeastern’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, is both advocate and analyst. With others […]

Housing, Education, Transportation Dominate Economic Outlook Talks

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By  Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman The Massachusetts economy is strong and vibrant, but the state needs serious investments in its infrastructure – and transportation in particular – to support projected growth in the years ahead. That was a major consensus to come out of a panel discussion last week among three regional chambers […]

Hillary Clinton’s Urban Agenda

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Her ambitious plan for cities would build on her husband’s legacy. How much of it could she get done? By Erick Trickey | Next City When Hillary Clinton spoke in Harlem in February, she barely used the words “urban” or “cities,” but she laid out one of the most ambitious urban agendas of any modern presidential […]

Stagnant wages hits home in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item LYNN — Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years, the number of Lynn homeowners facing foreclosure grew by nearly 24 percent since January as families continue to struggle to pay their mortgage, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 161 petitions to foreclose, […]

Shawsheen Tech to host forum

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By Wicked Local Billerica Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will host a forum on Jobs of Today and Tomorrow and the Future of Work from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at 100 Cook St., in Billerica. The forum will feature a panel of industry and academic experts with deep knowledge of the Massachusetts labor market. […]

Uber finds a transit void to fill at North Shore Community College

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By Nicole Dungca | The Boston Globe PEABODY — It was just past 7:30 a.m. when Dania Matos stepped off the 465 bus at the North Shore Mall. She had gone as far as public transportation would take her, but her classes at North Shore Community College were still 5 miles away. Within minutes, the 22-year-old nursing […]

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