As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers

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By Shannon Dooling | wnpr New England is an old region, and not just by historical standards. The population here is aging faster than almost any other place in the country. Fewer people are having children, and many of the states struggle to keep younger generations living and working here. And as New England’s baby boomers grow […]

The answer to America’s working class job crisis is hard, but not mysterious

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By Simon Montlake | The Christian Science Monitor Antonio Blanc, a senior at Malden High School, knows the risk of being left behind. He’s struggled to keep up at school, distracted by family instability and the part-time kitchen jobs he needs to pay the bills now he’s living alone. His plan after graduation is to […]

You don’t have to outrun the bears, just the competition

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By Frank Mand | Wicked Local Northeastern University Professor Barry Bluestone gave a lecture of sorts at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last Tuesday, covering the town’s economic prospects, the recent presidential election and life in the little town of Truro. Bluestone also singled out one of his former students. After working with more than 3,000 […]

Economic assessment report reveals Plymouth’s ‘deal breakers’

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By Frank Mand | Wicked Local The results of the Economic Development Self Assessment Tool – or EDSAT – are in and there are few surprises. The “deal breakers” keeping Plymouth from reaching its economic potential are 1) slow review processes, 2) limited parking, 3) insufficient infrastructure and 4) high rents. EDSAT, which was developed […]

Time to invest in voc-tech

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Waiting lists are long; employer demand high By Timothy P. Murray | Commonwealth Magazine The defeat of Question 2 to lift the cap on charter schools has left many on both sides of this issue wondering if any common ground can be found to expand student access to high performing public schools. The answer to that […]

Tax revenue forecasts all over map

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By  Bruce Mohl | Commonwealth Magazine The state’s tax revenue forecasters are more than $1 billion apart in their projections for fiscal 2018, the largest gap between high and low estimates in the last six years. At a State House hearing on Monday with lawmakers and Baker administration officials who are trying to develop a consensus […]

Bay Watch: What Connecticut Can Learn From Massachusetts’s Job Growth

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By Lydia Brown & Lucy Nalpathanchil | WNPR Labor pains and lessons from the north. As Connecticut comes to terms with recent job loss, Massachusetts emerges as a regional leader in statewide job recovery. This hour, we explore the latest job market trends and find out what Connecticut stands to learn from the Bay State. Are […]

Economists Forecast Strong 2017 In Greater Boston

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Melrose Named Hottest Market In Massachusetts By Jim Morrison | Banker & Tradesman The Greater Boston real estate market is on track for a strong finish this year and next year will bring more of the same, Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com, told an audience of hundreds of real estate professionals at the Federal […]

The Massachusetts Economy and the Critical Importance of Skills Development

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On October 19, 2016, Senior Research Associate Barry Bluestone presented at the Northeastern University Career Counselors Consortium on Massachusetts economy. Download Presentation (PDF)

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