Innovation Hub looks at the changing workplace. Is telecommuting more common? Dogs in the office more acceptable? And what about people who are employed, but with no office at all?
Today, we take the pulse of the job market. Are companies finally starting to feel more secure? And what kinds of jobs and skills are now most in demand?
A new report from Harvard University concludes that the housing crisis may be at an end — and this time, they really mean it.
Despite shaky employment figures, MIT's Susan Hockfield says the chances of finding employment with a college degree are significantly greater than with only a high school diploma.
A national survey of governors' budgets shows the state's tax revenues are finally projected to hit pre-recession levels. But Gov. Deval Patrick is still taking a tight-fisted approach to budgeting.
Harvard Square panhandlers talk about their lives — and the Cambridge police commissioner explains a new "ambassador program" to get panhandlers help.
University of Massachusetts trustees have approved a nearly 5 percent tuition and fee increase for undergraduates. Says the governor, "It's a crummy time to ask students to pay more."
A video from the Future Boston Alliance has reawakened the debate over whether Boston is a stodgy city — and whether that could make a difference in new grads' decisions to leave or stay.
Figures show the Massachusetts jobless rate dipped to 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.5 percent in March.
April saw 2,500 new jobs in the state. If we want even more, a UMass economist says we should fund state colleges and universities — to the tune of $800 mil.
Forget "recession," forget "downturn." We're in a depression, Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman says — and he thinks he knows how to fix it.
MIT is proposing a multi-million-dollar new research facility at Hanscom Air Force Base at a time when state officials are worried Pentagon cutbacks could mean steep job losses.
City and town leaders pleaded with state lawmakers to fix the municipal unemployment system, saying that questionable claims are draining town budgets.
It looks like the job market in 2011 wasn’t as bad as we thought. A new report shows that Massachusetts added 38,900 jobs in the first nine months of 2011.
Advocates and employees warn that a plan to save $20 billion will result in furious customers and lost jobs.
Hear from the the authors of the book Race Against the Machine, who argue that the stagnant unemployment rate may not be getting better any time soon.
A bill aimed at lowering state electricity prices spurred a debate on jobs Thursday at a hearing of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Utilities and Energy.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts reported that its business confidence index for February rose to its highest level in nearly a year.
A Google-owned Cambridge software company will introduce a new reservation system for airlines, starting with Hyannis-based Cape Air.
Teens were at the mall during school vacation, but they weren't all just hanging out. Some were looking for a job — and black teens in particular are finding those jobs hard to come by.
When John Robbins learned his fortune had disappeared at the hands of Bernie Maddoff, he kept his resolve to be compassionate and focus on the important things in life: not money, but famiily and friends.
Here's a bit of good news on the economic front: a beloved family-run business in Needham is expanding — and hiring.
The renowned economist, former presidential advisor and former Harvard University president has a sunny prediction for the U.S. economy.
People are looking to libraries to respond to technology and make up for cuts in their own household budgets — and libraries are answering the call.
After five years of running a successful artists' studio space in Lowell, a developer is back for the next round: 50 units in a converted factory next door — and this time, the artists can live there as well as work.
Have the lambs stopped screaming yet, Clarice? Maybe not — but those maddening shoppers have! J.C. Penney has become the latest business to reinvent itself for the 21st century.
Gov. Deval Patrick is advocating community college for those out of work ... but sometimes it's not that easy.
Even when the economy turns around, it will take years for jobs to return to pre-recession levels. That’s why more and more people are re-inventing their work lives in nontraditional, innovative ways.
The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston says that the region's economy is growing, but ever so slowly.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $130 million spending bill on Wednesday that will restore some programs cut from this year's budget.
Massachusetts retailers say they enjoyed an unexpected 5.1 percent surge in 2011 holiday sales, about twice what was expected.
A growing number of Americans believe there are class conflicts, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Increased spending on arts, entertainment, dining out and recreation may be behind the latest Mass. unemployment rate, which dropped to 7 percent in November.
In this stressed era, some are finding ways to un-commercialize the holidays.
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said that hiring veterans isn't a question of charity: It's good for business.
You may buy your stamps at the supermarket and pay your bills online, but are you ready to see your neighborhood post office close? WGBH News looks into two Cambridge locations on the list for discontinuance.
Finding work may not solve an unemployed person's financial problems. Professor Paul Osterman said that even with a job, a large percentage of the population is still living under the poverty line.
A MassINC poll shows overwhelming support for the arts as a catalyst for economic development in cities such as New Bedford, Lowell and Brockton.
In an interview with WGBH News, Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley defended her decision to sue five major banks. One of those banks has announced it will stop buying new mortgages written by third parties in Mass.
COURTS AND THE LAW
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit on Dec. 1 against five national mortgage lenders, in what could be a setback for broader national negotiations.
WHERE WE LIVE
A little town out in the sticks is experiencing a major increase in popularity due to its open spaces, history and community sentiment.
WHERE WE LIVE
Our "Where We Live" stories take place in a context of economic struggle. The MassINC research director talks about the ways we can face the challenges that may stand between Massachusetts residents and our dreams of a glowing future.
WHERE WE LIVE
Its factories and diners have closed, but geography, cost and schools are making this commuter town a popular choice.
WHERE WE LIVE
Many residents see the cleaned-up Merrimack River as a metaphor for the positive changes they've been creating in this old mill town.
WHERE WE LIVE
Whether 100 years ago or now, Chelsea draws immigrants from other countries determined to do better for themselves and their children.
A photo exhibit traveling to Springfield documents families as the banks move in — and they try not to move out.
Norwood business owners don't have a problem with working hard. It can be dispiriting, though, to feel like you're running as fast as you can just to stay in place.
WHERE WE LIVE
The week of Nov. 14, WGBH News brings back our series Where We Live. Follow along to read, watch and hear stories of Mass. residents from eight cities and towns as they try to move forward in an uncertain time — and share your own stories as well.
According to a Greater Boston Food Bank study, more people in Massachusetts are relying on assistance from food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. The study shows that 47 percent of people in Eastern Mass. don't qualify for food stamps, but still need help making ends meet.
Greater Boston received exclusive access to research conducted by independent think tank Mass Inc. about whether or not Massachusetts residents believe the American Dream is still attainable.
Economically viable solar energy for private homeowners is heating up in the U.S. as more companies seek to enter what they admit is a niche market.
With Veterans Day approaching, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled a slate of proposals to help lower high unemployment among returning service members.
Several hundred Occupy Boston activists marched Wednesday in support of the General Strike in Oakland, Calif. They picketed Bank of America and other symbols of what they called “corporate greed.”
With parent company Syms filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is it finally time to give up hope for the survival of Filene's Basement?
In a competitive global economy, how important is culture?
The new "Occupy the Hood Boston" wants stronger civilian oversight of Boston law enforcement and better relations with communities of color.
For the first time in most than two decades, bars and restaurants may be able to offer discounted drinks in Massachusetts, under a measure passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.
Across the country, millions of people have been out of work for months at a time. President Obama is urging Congress to pass his Jobs Bill, which includes incentives for small businesses to hire anyone who's been out of work for over six months. But even if it passes, will President Obama's bill succeed in getting the long-term unemployed to work?
Massachusetts' high-tech and biotech industries have helped keep it ahead of 44 other states in terms of employment. But in recent days, economists are warning that even the high-tech and biotech engines are starting to slow down. And that industry doesn't help some parts of the state.
Calling themselves Occupy Boston, a group of demonstrators inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City took to the streets of Boston this weekend and on Monday continued to camp out at Boston's Dewey Square.
After securing what officials say is the highest credit rating in the state’s history, Massachusetts has sold $500 million in bonds at an interest rate of slightly below 3 percent.
Thousands of biotech and pharmaceutical dealmakers from around the work gathered in Boston this week for a Bio-Pharm America 2011 conference in Boston — and Gov. Deval Patrick is stressing the importance of their work to the Massachusetts economy.
Momentum may be growing behind efforts to legalize online poker in Massachusetts. State Treasurer Steve Grossman’s Office is considering plans to legalize online poker for state residents.
The casino gambling bill unveiled by Massachusetts legislative leaders earlier this week could give a boost to the Mashpee Wampanoag Native American tribe, but there are caveats.
The local innovation economy is credited with driving up Greater Boston’s median income by 54 percent over the past three decades. But a new study by UMass economists and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that, in some western parts of the state, incomes have fallen 24 percent over the same period.
Sales of single-family home in Massachusetts jumped in July for the first time in six months when compared to the year-ago period, an encouraging sign for the state's real estate market.
The Springfield City Council has passed what advocates are calling the toughest municipal anti-foreclosure legislation in the country.
Despite anxiety about the national economy during the debt-ceiling talks last month, employers in Massachusetts added jobs, according to state labor data released Thursday.
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European stocks rebounded Thursday as banks recouped some hefty losses despite ongoing concerns over their exposure to the debt of countries like Greece and Italy, while Wall Street was poised for a rebound following another rout.
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