Mass. adds workers; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.6 percent

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Massachusetts added 10,500 jobs last month, the 10th straight month of gains, the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday.

Audit finds BRA is a dysfunctional bureaucracy

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The agency charged with overseeing the real estate boom coursing through Boston is a dysfunctional bureaucracy, its system for reviewing projects erratic, with just a few powerful staffers deciding how new buildings will look using “unwritten rules,” according to a highly critical audit being released by City Hall Thursday.

In Boston, a surge in affordable housing

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Boston is experiencing a surge in construction of housing units that low- and middle-income residents can afford, countering a trend toward luxury home construction, figures released Tuesday show.

Greece’s financial woes not apt to hurt Mass. much

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Once again, the Greek debt crisis is causing stock markets around the world to tumble and raising questions about the long-term future and stability of the euro currency and the European Union. Could Greece’s woes wash up on the shores of Massachusetts and stall the state’s thriving economy, which has seen unemployment drop to the lowest levels since 2007?

Lack of inventory blamed for sluggish Mass. home sales in May

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Massachusetts home sales fell in May compared to the previous year as a tight supply of properties on the market continues to frustrate buyers, analysts and industry officials said.

Mass. unemployment rate drops to 4.6%, a pre-recession low

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The jobs picture keeps getting brighter in the Bay State. The Massachusetts unemployment rate slid to 4.6 percent in May from 4.7 percent the previous month, matching the low point before the so-called Great Recession began in December 2007, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

Tightening labor market tilts in Mass. workers’ favor

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As unemployment rate falls, pay and opportunity rising.

Mass. economy outpaces US’: Region still faces challenges such as high energy costs

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The Massachusetts economy has brushed aside the record snowfall that hobbled businesses earlier this year to post impressive gains in employment, wages, and consumer spending, outpacing the nation as a whole. And the state’s economic growth is expected to accelerate, according to a report by the New England Economic Partnership, a nonprofit group of regional economic researchers.

“New website gathers data for transit geeks”

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Transit and urban planning wonks, rejoice: All the data on the neighborhoods around your favorite MBTA stations is now available online. A new website called tstation.info allows you to dig through the demographics surrounding transit stations, thanks to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy for Northeastern University. Tim Reardon, the assistant director of data services at the MAPC, said such data helps policymakers and developers make smart decisions.

Modular building innovation could be the future of Boston

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By Mike Ross | The Boston Globe | April 6, 2015 AS I recently watched my 7-year-old nephew effortlessly assemble a fabulous building from Lego pieces, it gave me an idea about Boston’s housing needs. Maybe Boston officials and developers could learn something from him and those easy-to-use reusable blocks. The city must find more […]

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