A report released Monday suggests job growth in biotech and medical technology, a top focus of the Patrick Administration, has been modest at best over the past five years and has come at the expense of other research and development industries.
If you think all manufacturing is dirty, greasy, noisy, and boring, think again.
“The jobs that we have in manufacturing are no longer those greasy, unsafe positions, but are the high-tech, clean, very safe jobs that have great growth potential,” said Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resources Management, a manufacturing staffing company that places Mount Wachusett students and graduates in medical manufacturing positions.
In the never-ending quest to attract and grow their business sectors, leaders in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities — a designation given to more than two dozen post-boom industrial sites such as Worcester, Lowell, Chelsea, Fitchburg and Leominster — are betting that economic development comes to those who offer convenience and predictability, even ahead of cost savings and location.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — As of April, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in Lawrence was 11.9 percent, more than double the state’s jobless rate of 5.6 percent.
But, at the same time, this old industrial city has been adding jobs at a faster rate than the state. So, if the city is growing jobs, why is unemployment so stubbornly high?
On a May morning, Boston is alive. Taxis are darting here and there, deliveries are being made, and Boston Common is filled with a crossroads of diversity: folks in spring dresses, shirts and ties, blue and brown collar uniforms, t-shirts and light jackets- all heading to destinations connecting this downtown park pathway- from the State House to Emerson and Fisher to Charles Street, to the Arlington Street Church.