Low productivity growth, rising healthcare costs, and demographics put pressure on Massachusetts households and state tax receipts
Concerns about long range growth center around available labor supply and uncertainty in Federal immigration policy
The Winter issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features an in-depth study of working households' housing needs in Metro Boston; an analysis of strategic investment in the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities; and an assessment of state and local capital spending in New England.
Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index.
Leading regional economists recommend more state tax revenue and greater investment in education and infrastructure.
Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2016. In contrast, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, national real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent during the same period.
The Spring issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features a special focus on the medical device industry and a look at the economic contributions of the foriegn-born population in Worcester.
Economic indicators for the Commonwealth are generally positive, including employment, unemployment, and output.
Unemployment rate now below pre-recession low; Moderate growth expected in Q2 and Q3
Deferred public investments in infrastructure and education are taking their toll.
Massachusetts economy slows but continues to outpace the nation in 4th quarter of fiscal year.
The fall issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features a special focus on transportation issues in the Commonwealth.
The journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Slowing global economy, "troubling imbalances" are major issues of concern to leading regional economists
State economy expands robustly in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. Strong job and spending growth cause for optimism while international threats remain
As the second quarter comes to a close, the Massachusetts economy looks to be in good condition although there are a number of issues that merit concern.
This issue examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features articles covering the state's technology sector and a special focus on initiatives to boost the Commonwealth's small- to mid-sized cities.
While February's severe snowstorms may have temporarily slowed the Massachusetts economy, they do not appear to have derailed the healthy expansion that the Commonwealth has been experiencing in recent quarters. However, it is clear that selected sectors of the economy have been hurt by the storms, particularly in those cases where economic activity has been permanently lost rather than postponed.
Both Massachusetts and the nation are on track to experience solid growth for the balance of 2014 and through the first quarter of 2015.
This issue of MassBenchmarks explores population shifts in Massachusetts and their future implications for the Bay State's economy.
Federal fiscal policies are slowing the Massachusetts economy.