What’s Keeping Teens Out of Work

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Such soft skills, as they are also known, are usually developed through job experience, creating a Catch-22 for young would-be workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an economist at Northeastern University who studies hiring practices.

More Proof That Graduating in the Recession Was Awful

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“Employers were able to get that college-educated worker on the cheap,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a Northeastern University professor and the paper’s lead author.

Measuring Inequality Trends During the Great Recession

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Before 1960, there wasn’t much academic or public policy interest in inequality. The focus instead was on poverty, especially among the elderly and in urban slums and rural areas.

Mass. posts biggest monthly job gain in more than 3 years

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By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | December 19, 2014 Massachusetts posted its biggest monthly job gains in more than three years in November, another sign that an accelerating economic expansion is boosting employment across industries. The state’s employers added 13,500 jobs last month, the most since July 2011, according to the Executive Office […]

Barry Bluestone on “Shaping The Future of Cape Cod”

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According to the US Census, the population in Barnstable County is declining and the fastest losses are in the 25 to 44-age category. Between 2000 and 2010 nearly fifteen Thousand young adults left the Cape, a decrease of 26.8%. Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University talks about how they administered the Shape the Cape Survey.

Mass. jobless rate fell to 5.6% in May

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Massachusetts’ unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in May for the first time in nearly six years as the state economy continues to expand, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

Mass. employment hits all-time high – 4/17/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says Massachusetts’ job growth is on a steady trend that’s likely to continue.

The Boston Globe – State’s job ranks rose in ’13 – 3/7/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says the Massachusetts economy has been performing very well despite jobless rates, which fell in January.

The Republican – Outlook 2014: Which way is the Massachusetts economy pointing as we enter 2014? – 2/8/14

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Director Barry Bluestone estimates that 100,000 skilled manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts will open up in the next decade as older workers retire.

The Bay State Banner – Obama puts spotlight on growing income inequality – 2/5/14

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Director Barry Bluestone tells the Bay State Banner that income immobility is a compounding factor in income inequality and is one reason the income gap is so big.

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