Bay Watch: What Connecticut Can Learn From Massachusetts’s Job Growth

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By Lydia Brown & Lucy Nalpathanchil | WNPR Labor pains and lessons from the north. As Connecticut comes to terms with recent job loss, Massachusetts emerges as a regional leader in statewide job recovery. This hour, we explore the latest job market trends and find out what Connecticut stands to learn from the Bay State. Are […]

Mass. loses 5,000 jobs, but rate plunges

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By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald Massachusetts lost more than 5,000 jobs and fewer people looked for work last month even as the unemployment rate plunged to 3.3 percent last month. Experts advised job losses may not indicate a slowing labor market. “A lot of the decline in employment is due to sampling error,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, […]

Harvard, janitors reach deal that may have ripple effect

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Deal could set bar for wages in other states By Katheleen Conti | Boston Globe In a span of just five months, thousands of low-wage union workers in Greater Boston have racked up victories against powerful institutions and employers, at a time when the discontent of the working class shaped the presidential election. The latest came […]

Nearly 2 in 5 Massachusetts employers predict adding jobs in next 6 months

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By Jim Kinney|Mass Live Massachusetts employers gained confidence in the economy in October, according to survey results issued Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business group. The state’s job market looked positive, according to the report. Nearly 39 percent of respondents reported adding staff during the past six months while 19 percent reported […]

The two reasons it really is harder to get a job than it used to be

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By Jeff Guo | The Washington Post It used to be that jobs returned swiftly after a recession. But since the 1990s, the labor market seems to have lost much of its natural buoyancy. The past three downturns caused extended periods of underemployment. Years after economic output had fully rebounded, there were still fewer people at work. Economists have struggled […]

Summer jobs programs: What do we know?

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By Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino for the Brookings Blog The well-documented drop in teen employment rates has raised concerns that it is becoming more difficult for teens to find pathways into the labor market, particularly for African-American and Latino teens living in neighborhoods with fewer job opportunities. Admittedly, for some teens working has been replaced […]

Mass. employer confidence falls

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to 56.1 […]

Uncertainty weakens business confidence

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By Christopher Geehern | aim blog A month of economic uncertainty punctuated by weak US job growth and the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union drove Massachusetts employer confidence lower during June. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 1.6 points to 56.1 as employers took an increasingly bearish view of the […]

Survey finds youth in Boston summer jobs program gain job readiness skills, higher academic aspirations

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By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern After youth par­tic­i­pated in Boston’s summer jobs pro­gram, a greater number reported having increased job readi­ness skills, higher aca­d­emic aspi­ra­tions, and  improved con­nec­tions with their neighborhoods—with the largest gains in some areas among minority groups—according to a new report co-​​authored by Northeastern’s Alicia Sasser Modestino. Mod­es­tino, asso­ciate pro­fessor with […]

Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Summer jobs aren’t just a way for teens to earn extra cash and stay out of trouble. They also improve job readiness skills, lead to greater academic aspirations, and build stronger community connections, especially among youth of color, according to a new study out by the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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