Mass. Adds 3,700 Jobs In June; Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 5.5 Percent

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts economy added 3,700 jobs in June and the state unemployment rate ticked down 0.1 percentage point, to 5.5 percent, according to figures put out Thursday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Training workers for biotech labs is Mass. program’s goal

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Twenty-seven-year-old Daria Kotowski can barely contain her excitement.

“The gel systems are here,” she exclaims, pulling packages containing an orange-looking goo from a cabinet in Quincy College’s biotechnology and compliance lab.

Boston’s residency rule routinely flouted

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Thirteen of the 22 top leaders in Boston’s Police Department live outside the city in apparent violation of the city’s residency requirement, a law frequently ignored and weakly enforced, according to a Globe analysis of payroll and property records.

Massachusetts business confidence dropped in June

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The index posted a reading of 53.7 in June, down from a reading of 54.8 in May. The reading for June 2013 was 48.9. The index uses a 100-point scale. A reading above 50 indicates a generally positive outlook among state employers, a reading below 50 a negative one.

Northeastern University report suggests need for future life science investment

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In a report conducted by Northeastern University, released last week, analysts said the state’s investment in life sciences had pushed Massachusetts to the top of the list when measuring population-controlled life science employment, with 113,678 people involved in the industry throughout the state in 2012.

Dukakis Center Releases New Life Sciences Analysis

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Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy released new data on the growth of the life sciences sectors in Massachusetts, and the importance of these sectors to the economy. The data was presented at UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center by Alan Clayton-Matthews, associate professor and director of quantitative methods in the School of public policy and urban affairs at Northeastern University.

Study faults life sciences initiative

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A report released Monday suggests job growth in biotech and medical technology, a top focus of the Patrick Administration, has been modest at best over the past five years and has come at the expense of other research and development industries.

Mass. jobless rate fell to 5.6% in May

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Massachusetts’ unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in May for the first time in nearly six years as the state economy continues to expand, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

Mass. leads nation in life sciences jobs, says report

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Massachusetts’ workforce has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs in biotechnology, medical technology, and other life sciences fields, according to a report released Wednesday.

Life sciences field flourishing in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts now ranks sixth in the nation in total life sciences employment but No. 1 in industry jobs per capita, in part due to support from the state, according to Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

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