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State Unemployement Rate Drops Slightly
11:44AM / Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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BOSTON – The state's unemployment rate trended slightly downward for November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But for the first time in some years, it's shifted above the national unemployment rate.

The seasonally adjusted statewide November unemployment rate, released on Dec. 19, was 7.1 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month and up 0.4 of a percentage point over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,500-job gain in November following a revised gain of 9,400 jobs in October.

The preliminary estimates put the unadjusted unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the

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Ocean State Job Lot, Tractor Supply to Open in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels,
12:08PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Closeout retailer Ocean State Job Lot has signed a purchase and sales agreement for the old Walmart building on Curran Highway.

The chain expects to hire for 30 to 40 jobs and will sublet a section of the building to Tractor Supply Inc., with both operations opening in the fall, pending permitting.

The location will be the 46th in Massachusetts for the North Kingstown, R.I.-based chain, which has several stores in the Springfield area. It has 109 stores total with 4,000 employees in New England and New York, and annual sales of more than $540 million.

Tractor Supply, a farm and ranch retailer, operates more than 1,000

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Telemarketer Signs Lease On Historic Pittsfield Building
Staff Reports,
07:21PM / Monday, April 08, 2013
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A business-to-business telemarketing company is leasing the historic Wollison-Shipton building on North Street and bringing at least a half-dozen new jobs.

Premium Marketing Enterprises Corp. signed a least last week to occupy office space in the 125-year-old building. The company, established in 1998, connects businesses in the technical, software and insurance fields by generating leads. The company already works with agencies such as Travelers Insurance and Nationwide.

"It's direct contact marketing. We're not calling people at their home. We're connecting business to business," founder Mike

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Berkshire Enterprises Offering Free Entrepeneurial Training Program
10:34AM / Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Enterprises announced that it will offer a free 20-week entrepreneurial training program for displaced workers.

The new training program will begin April 16. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday,  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The program aims to help people learn and conduct market research to test out their business ideas. The program is being revised to cover all areas of writing a plan to delveloping the idea and marketing strategy. The training includes basic financial projections.   Interested unemployed workers can contact Steve Fogel, program director of Berkshire Enterprises, at

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North Adams City Hall Seeking Part-Time Planner
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05:40PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is looking for a part-time planner to help with the completion of the master plan and in implementing it.

Mayor Richard Alcombright had stated his intention last month to fill the post as soon as possible. He said a planner will be essential to bringing the city's zoning and ordinances into alignment with the master plan and in researching and writing grants.

The city hasn't had a master plan in some 40 years. The mayor has said he wants to put economic and community development in the forefront, and putting more support into the community development office will be necessary to achieve the master plan's goals.

The city hopes

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