The Massachusetts economy - what's next?

This five-part series examines how quickly key Massachusetts business sectors are rebounding from the recession. Read through the series below.
October 26, 2009

Massachusetts facing a jobless recovery

Many of the state's key industries have begun to rebound along with the broader economy, increasing sales and production, but hiring only cautiously - if at all. Even though the economy is expanding, it is not growing fast enough to generate jobs and reduce unemployment. (By Robert Gavin, Boston Globe)
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Tapping the brakes on health sector's growth
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
Part 1 - Health care and life sciences
In the first of our five-part series, we look at the life sciences and health care industries in Massachusetts. Firms in these sectors expanded during the downturn, but that growth may be coming to an end. (By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff)
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Technicians at the EMC Symmetrix plant in Franklin
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
Part 2 - Technology

Despite downsizing, tech firms on upswing

In part two of our five-part series, we look at the technology industry in Massachusetts. For Massachusetts' digital electronics companies, the hard times may finally be waning. (By Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe)
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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Part 3 - Financial services

Cracked by crisis, a pillar holds up

In part three of our five-part series, we look at the financial industry in Massachusetts. Despite rough times in the state’s financial services sector, many executives say they are seeing glimmers of hope. (By Todd Wallack, Boston Globe)
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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
Part 4 - Manufacturing

Sector cobbles jobless comeback

In part four of our five-part series, we look at the manufacturing in Massachusetts. Can this sector help lead the state's economy back to prosperity? (By Robert Gavin, Boston Globe)
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Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
Part 5 - Higher education

Amid tumult, a degree of stability

In the final installment of our five-part series, we look at the higher education sector in Massachusetts. How have the state's educational institutions fared in the recession, and where do they go from here? (By Tracy Jan, Boston Globe)
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Mass. economy Q&A

Mass. economy Q&A

Economic analyst and UMass Dartmouth professor Mike Goodman took your questions on the state of the economy.