Westford aces economics


By Melissa Hanson, mhanson@lowellsun.com When it comes to economic development, Westford has one of the strongest municipalities in the state, according to an analysis of economic growth and opportunity completed through Northeastern University, with a multitude of strengths and its main weakness in the timeliness of town approvals. The Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool, from the […]

How $15 minimum wage fight became a juggernaut in three years


By Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor  Three years ago this month about 200 fast-food workers in New York City walked off the job in protest of low wages and poor working conditions. The New York Times described the protest as “by far the largest series of job actions at fast-food restaurants ever” and “part of an […]

Projected jobs not to require college degree, study finds


By Carolyn Hoffman Within the next decade, many jobs that are expected to become available in Massachusetts will require less than a bachelor’s degree, a Monday report by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy found. Between 2012 and 2022, those with associate’s degrees or a vocational education will fill many of the […]

Study: Massachusetts needs ‘huge training effort’ in vocational education to meet workforce trends


By Carolyn Robbins  While a four-year college education will continue to give graduates the best shot at getting a high-paid job, by the beginning of the next decade the majority of expected job openings Massachusetts will require no more than a vocational education or a degree from a community college, according to a detailed study […]

Report Warns Of Future Mass. Labor Shortage


By Bob Oakes A new report out Monday predicts a severe labor shortage coming in Massachusetts — not because of a lack of highly educated workers, but because of a lack of workers with a vocational education. The report estimates the state’s community colleges and vocational schools will not be able to meet the job market’s […]

Job training system in Mass. falls short, study says


By Megan Woolhouse, Globe Staff Most of the projected job openings in Massachusetts over the next seven years will not require a four-year college degree, but an already strained vocational education system will be unable to train enough people to fill those vacancies, according to a report to be released Monday. It warns that the state […]

Is buying a home around Boston worth it anymore?


By Keith O’Brien THE VIBE IN THE ROOM is contained desperation. Everyone is afraid of something. The woman in the back is worried about commitment. “The responsibility of it,” she says. The man two rows in front of her is concerned about making a mistake. “A bad investment,” he calls it. And then, maybe, you’d […]

GUEST COLUMN: How to Make Cambridge landlords even richer


By Barry Bluestone July of this year marked an important milestone for all of metro Boston. It was the first time that the median selling price of a single-family residence equaled the price that prevailed in 2005 before the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble. But of the 161 communities in the […]

As Affordable Housing Shrinks, Where Can Families Live?


by Mike Maciag For more than a century, Boston’s iconic triple-deckers have served as inexpensive housing for families of modest means striving to secure a place in the middle class. One of these triple-deckers is currently home to Gosia Tomaszewska, who lives with her husband and 1-year-old daughter on the bottom floor of a house […]

Massachusetts economy slows, but still tops US rate


By Megan Woolhouse The Massachusetts economy slowed sharply in the third quarter, affected by global uncertainties and turmoil in financial markets, but still expanded faster than the US economy, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The state economy grew at 2 percent annual rate in […]

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