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?

SPECIAL REPORT: The new housing crisis

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Rents are rising, and the working poor are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

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.

Massachusetts lifted up by 7,400 jobs in May

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Bay State employers added more than 7,000 jobs in May, the ninth straight month of gains, and more people began looking for work again, increasingly confident about their chances of finding a job. Professor Alan Clayton-Matthews explains.

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.

Majority Of Mass. Voters Want Economic Gains To Be Shared Evenly, WBUR Poll Finds

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Professor of Political Economy and Founding Director of the Dukakis Center, Barry Bluestone, PhD, explains the policy implications of the poll.

Billerica officials developing strategies to acquire new businesses

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A town hall discussion was held on June 2 in Billerica about EDSAT (Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool) developed by Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to see how well cities and towns compete with other communities on issues related to economic development.

Braintree population may rise 17 percent by 2030

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The population of Braintree is expected to keep going up and by 2030 could top 40,000, which would be 17 percent higher than it is today and 24 percent higher than it was in 2010, according to a recent study by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

Shaping the Cape’s Future

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Introduction: Cape Cod, a peninsula off of the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has a wealth of natural, historic, and cultural resources. These qualities make it a highly desirable place in which to live, work, vacation, and retire. Some consider the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be part of Cape Cod but for the […]

Tightening labor market tilts in Mass. workers’ favor

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As unemployment rate falls, pay and opportunity rising.

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