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A state unemployment rate of 2.9% doesn’t quite capture how tight the job market is in Massachusetts.

“I’ve never seen anything like it — and I was in the tech industry during the boom of the late 1990s,” says Chris Robinson, the chief talent officer at Third Rock Ventures, a Boston firm that provides capital to biotech companies. “And this is much greater than that one, as far as companies’ need and the lack of people with the right skills.”

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