Northeastern University report suggests need for future life science investment

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In a report conducted by Northeastern University, released last week, analysts said the state’s investment in life sciences had pushed Massachusetts to the top of the list when measuring population-controlled life science employment, with 113,678 people involved in the industry throughout the state in 2012.

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. leads nation in life sciences jobs, says report

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Massachusetts’ workforce has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs in biotechnology, medical technology, and other life sciences fields, according to a report released Wednesday.

Life sciences field flourishing in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts now ranks sixth in the nation in total life sciences employment but No. 1 in industry jobs per capita, in part due to support from the state, according to Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

US adds 217,000 jobs in May

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The US economy finally has regained all the jobs lost in the last recession as hiring continued to expand at a solid pace, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Boston’s Vanishing Middle Class

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Ten miles from downtown Boston, Newton Centre sits at the crossroads of America’s upper-middle class.

At local cafés, business cards are exchanged and deals are made in the same space where European nannies meet to discuss life back home and caring for privileged infants here.

The Boston Globe – More housing needed to spur growth, study says – 1/30/14

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Dukakis Center director Barry Bluestone praised a recent MAPC report in the Globe, while noting that its conclusions are only projections and communities can make changes.

The Boston Globe – Mass. job growth best since 2000 – 1/24/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews talks about how Massachusetts is benefiting from stronger national and global economies, despite relatively high unemployment numbers.

SAMPAN – Metro Boston will need up to 435K new housing units by 2040 to keep economy on track – 1/16/14

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Director Barry Bluestone endorses MAPC’s new report, which states that Greater Boston must create 435,000 new housing units to accommodate both young workers and retired seniors.

The Boston Globe – State’s jobless rate surpasses nation’s for 1st time in 5 years – 12/20/13

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Professor Alan Clayton-Matthews tells the Boston Globe that Massachusetts’ job situation is “far from dire” as employers have reported job growth in October and November.

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