Massachusetts is coming off the strongest year for job growth since 2000. Even in Springfield, which has struggled to recover from the recession, there are signs of better times.
As 2014 came to a close, the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November and 7.1 percent a year ago. The state’s unemployment rate is now the lowest since the summer of 2008 before the Great Recession hit.
A state board in New York has recommended an increase in the hourly wage paid to restaurant servers and other tipped workers.
The Wage Board voted Friday in favor of raising the so-called tipped wage from $5 to $7.50 an hour at year's end. Servers would be paid a dollar less if they make significantly more than the minimum wage when tips are factored in.
The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage if gratuities make up the difference.
The race to replace the disgraced New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx power broker Carl Heastie on Friday.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has chosen three finalists for its presidency, one of whom will likely succeed Mary Grant, now chancellor of University of North Carolina at Asheville. The task now is to dwindle it down to one.