Clayton-Matthews Describes Manufacturing as Productive Sector that is Over 12% State’s GDP

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Experts: Mass. economy will bounce back next year By Ira Kantor | The Boston Herald | May 23, 2013 The Bay State’s economy will grow slowly this year before bouncing back in 2014, while the state’s unemployment rate is poised to fall to 5.2 percent by the last quarter of 2017, according to an economic […]

Clayton-Matthew explains resurgent growth overtaken by impacts from tax and sequestration

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Mass. loses 5,500 jobs in March; jobless rate 6.4%

Ira Kantor | The Boston Herald | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Massachusetts job growth took a hit last month as payroll tax increases and federal budget cuts have begun to grip the local economy tighter, particularly in sectors like construction, manufacturing and professional, scientific, and business services, experts said today.

Growth depends on feds

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Policy affects state economy’s ability to keep outpacing nation By Ira Kantor | The Boston Herald | January 31, 2013 A three-month “pause” in U.S. economic growth is no reason to panic, but lingering federal debt ceiling and budget woes must be addressed immediately to protect the Bay State’s economic future, experts said yesterday. “Policy […]

Help wanted in manufacturing

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Bay State gears up to fill 100,000 projected job openings By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | November 27, 2012 State officials and industry leaders today will hold the first meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative to draw attention to a sector whose work force is aging and projected to have 100,000 job openings […]

Mass. manufacturing summit slated for spring

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By Marie Szaniszlo | The Boston Herald | November 27, 2012 Bay State business leaders and state officials plan to hold a manufacturing summit next spring to promote an industry that’s projected to have 100,000 job openings over the next 10 years. At a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative today, officials said they aim […]

Manufacturing a Mass. miracle

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By Barry Bluestone and Jerry Sargent | The Boston Herald | October 27, 2012 If you follow our state’s economic news, you’ve probably heard repeatedly how our innovative technology industries — mobile applications, cloud computing, biotech, medical devices — are fueling our recovery. Indeed, these sectors are thriving. So much so that you’ve probably also heard about […]

Jobs picture brightens in Bay State

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By Frank Quaratiello | The Boston Herald | October 19, 2012 The Massachusetts jobless rate rose for the third straight month in September to 6.5 percent — up from 6.3 percent in August — even as a separate survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the Bay State added 5,100 jobs. Economist David Tuerck of Suffolk […]

Experts: Mitt Romney must maintain ‘energy’ to win

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By Hillary Chabot | The Boston Herald | October 5, 2012 Mitt Romney must stay on the attack and maintain his want-it-more hustle for the presidency if he wants to translate Wednesday night’s stunning debate performance into a game-changing swing-state boost and a groundswell of momentum that could sweep him into the Oval Office, said political strategists […]

Bad U.S. jobs report could give another boost to Mitt Romney

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By Frank Quaratiello | The Boston Herald | October 5, 2012 Today’s jobs report could help GOP nominee Mitt Romney land another campaign blow after his strong debate performance against President Obama. The Department of Labor releases the U.S. unemployment rate and how many jobs were created in September — the penultimate reading on the jobs picture before Election […]

Manufacturing ‘renaissance’ takes shape in Mass.

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By Ira Kantor | The Boston Herald | September 13, 2012 Massachusetts’ manufacturing sector no longer suffers from “Rodney Dangerfield syndrome” — it finally has respect, according to a new report issued today. Investments in new equipment and technology; the development of more specialized products; and increased workforce training efforts have helped the industry undergo an “economic […]

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