The Boston-area economy still remains stubbornly better than the rest of the economy. One report said Boston-area unemployment was around 7.4 percent, and then there was news tech, IT, and bio-gen markets are expecting modest hiring increases this year. Also, puts the Boston job market at number 3 in the country, behind Washington D.C. and San Francisco. We know real estate lags the local economy, but local economy news is consistently better-than-average news.