job market

The economy is roaring. Immigration is a key reason.

By Rachel Siegel, Lauren Kaori Gurley and Meryl Kornfield Immigration has propelled the U.S. job market further than just about anyone expected, helping cement the country’s economicrebound from the pandemic as the most robust in the world. That momentum picked up aggressively over the past year. About 50 percent of the labor market’s extraordinary recent growth came from foreign-born […]

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Can IKEA Save the Mall?

By Trefor Moss Many malls are struggling but IKEA is betting it can breathe new life into the troubled format. Ingka Group, the operator of most of the world’s IKEA stores, has assembled its own mall empire in recent years, spanning from China to Europe to the U.S., and says it wants to buy more locations […]

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Rafi Properties signs Sublime Systems to additional 23,000 s/f

By NEREJ Somerville, MA According to Rafi Properties, owner and operator of Somernova, the 7.4-acre innovation campus and community dedicated to helping people and companies iterate and grow faster, Sublime Systems (Sublime) will expand their headquarters on the campus. Sublime, the leading developer of a fossil-fuel-free, scalable, drop-in replacement for traditional cement in concrete, will add […]

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Placemaking and retail in 2024

by Carol Todreas Placemaking. That is the word for 2024. While the concept has historical precedence in urban development, it became part of our current culture in the 1960’s when urbanists started to think about cities for people, not just cars. Since then and particularly now with the abundance of retail on the internet, physical […]

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Massachusetts Biopharma Job Growth Surpasses that of Other States: Report

By Charlotte LoBuono The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the nation’s oldest biotech trade association, released its 2023 Industry Snapshot on September 6. The report found that biotech and pharmaceutical companies in Massachusetts added more research and development and biomanufacturing jobs than in most other states in 2022. The biopharma R&D workforce in Massachusetts had a year-over-year growth rate of 8.5% […]

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