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Thursday’s business agenda

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.
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New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday. Last week, Freddie Mac reported the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.05 percent from 4.02 percent the week before.

ECONOMIC REPORT

People at work

The Massachusetts unemployment rate for April will be released Thursday. The state’s jobless rate rose to 3.6 percent in March from 3.4 percent in February.

EVENT

Help for small businesses

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is hosting an event titled “Doing Business in Massachusetts” for business owners and entrepreneurs to meet representatives from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Mass Development, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center. Attendees will have the chance to consult experts on developing a business plan, finding a business loan, permitting, finding a good location, tax incentive programs, and workforce training grants. Thursday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wells Park Theater, 85 Wells Ave., Newton. Free.

NETWORKING

Introduction to product launches

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Attend a networking event for companies looking to launch new products. Attendees will learn about the product launch process and talk about building a community to help promote their business or products. Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Cambridge Innovation Center, fifth floor, Havana Training Room, 1 Broadway, Cambridge. Free.

Events of note? Please e-mail us at agenda@globe.com.