Will Bay State run out of workers?

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By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald Bay State employers added more than 10,000 jobs last month and more residents rejoined the labor force, the latest signs that Massachusetts’ labor market is continuing to grow — though some analysts worry the good times may soon be coming to an end. “It’s been steady, relatively strong growth,” […]

More families are struggling with poverty in Boston’s affluent suburbs

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Many suburbs around Boston are known for their good schools, picturesque downtowns, and steady stream of residents commuting to well-paid jobs in the city. But interspersed in this idyllic landscape is a growing number of families struggling to get by. The number of low-income children in many affluent communities […]

Bakeries are booming, but bakers are in short supply

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe Our hunger for bread and muffins may be insatiable, but grocery stores, restaurants, and pastry shops are increasingly struggling to find one key ingredient: the bakers to make them all. Massachusetts technology firms and health care companies have been in the trenches of the talent war for years, offering […]

Continued Growth Of Mass. Economy Depends On Immigration, Experts Say

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By Fred Thys | WBUR Massachusetts and New Hampshire have the strongest economies in New England, but experts say continued growth depends on immigration. That was one message delivered during an economic outlook conference hosted by the New England Economic Partnership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Tuesday. “We’re highly dependent on growing our labor […]

Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

Manufacturing In America: Fact And Fiction

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By WBUR Ford nixes a Mexico plant and promises 700 U.S. jobs.  Can Trump’s arm-twisting bring manufacturing jobs back home in a big way? And now it’s Ford keeping jobs in the USA. After public pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, this week Ford said it would scrap plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in […]

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 […]

Housing Report Shows Strong Economy, But Growing Poverty

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By Alison Bruzek | WBUR A report out today from The Boston Foundation says the Greater Boston economy is booming — but the rising cost of living means that now, more than 16 percent of families are living in poverty. According to the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, income inequality in the region remains among […]

Report Finds Housing Permits Down In Greater Boston

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR A new report finds that after years of increases, there’s been a decline in the number of housing permits issued this year in Greater Boston, “especially in core cities and for multi-unit developments.” The report is the annual Boston Housing Report Card, from The Boston Foundation. Its lead author, Barry Bluestone, told […]

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