Massachusetts economic growth lags nation in the first part of the year

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By Deirdre Fernandes | Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy lost steam in the first three months of this year, lagging behind the nation as a whole, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday The state’s economy shrunk by 0.5 percent since the start of 2017, as wages and salaries of workers stalled, according to the UMass economic […]

Bay State economy sputters in Q1

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Jordan Graham | Boston Herald The Bay State economy shrank during the first three months of the year, the second straight quarter of less growth than the country, which also saw disappointing growth for the first months of 2017. In the first quarter of the year, Massachusetts’ gross domestic product fell by 0.5 percent, according to […]

What are the benefits of summer youth employment programs? Professor Modestino answers

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By School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention. Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser […]

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,” […]

Town Poised for Development According to Report

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By Sue Ellen Woodcock | Winthrop Transcript When it comes to economic development in Winthrop there are strengths and weaknesses,  but there are also a number of people working to create the right atmosphere. Northeastern Professor Barry Bluestone, of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, presented the results of a study from 220-question survey filled […]

Why Trump’s deportation plan could damage the economy

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By Northeastern News A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that undocumented immigrants are expected to contribute approximately $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, roughly 3 percent of the gross domestic product. But documents released last week by the Department of Homeland Security show that […]

Professor Modestino’s research highlighted at Youth Employment Policy Forum

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By Boston PIC staff On Feb. 16, the PIC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development hosted a Youth Employment Policy Forum. Mark Melnik of the UMass Donahue Institute and Alicia Sasser Modestino of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs presented findings from their respective research on trends in […]

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 […]

Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story

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4,400 students are on waitlists; let’s expand schools that work By Tom Birmingham | Commonwealth Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools are like the person who toils for years, only to be termed an “overnight sensation” when he or she finally achieves recognition. For over a decade the schools have quietly compiled an impressive record, and the time has come […]

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