New threads invigorate Mass. textile industry


By Steve Maas, Globe Correspondent At a New Bedford factory, 800 union workers, assisted by technology unheard of two decades ago, produce 1,300 designer suits a day. In Shirley, a 100-year-old company is pioneering bonding techniques to make clothing without needle and thread. In a Jamaica Plain kitchen, a former nonprofit administrator dyes yarns in […]

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 […]

Whether a Job Requires a Degree May Shift with the Economy


By Anna Louise Sussman Hospital jobs for nurses with associate’s degrees are getting harder to find thanks to a growing preference for nurses with bachelor’s degrees. And nurses are not the only ones. Companies shamelessly ratcheted up their requirements during the recession, when hundreds of thousands of college graduates were out of work. At the […]

Robust growth in jobs, wages forecast in Mass.


By Megan Woolhouse, Globe staff The Massachusetts economy is creating jobs at its fastest pace in 15 years, pushing wages and spending higher and indicating solid employment growth in coming years, according to a forecast by a group of academic and business economists. The New England Economic Partnership projects the state will add about 200,000 […]

Wage Growth, Job Growth And The Ongoing Unemployment Puzzle


By host Jane Clayson Job openings at a record high, but many unemployed are still stranded on the sidelines. We’ll take a big look at the American job market, American wages and more. It has been a long road back for the American job market. And although there are some bright spots – job openings […]

Employers shying away from hiring teens for the summer


Employers who don’t want to find themselves in a short on staff in the late summer may shy away from hiring younger workers. Teens now have lots of competition for summer work.

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