Is the skills gap real?

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Economists challenge a politicians’ truism.

Some offshored manufacturing jobs return to US

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About 3,000 manufacturing jobs have returned from offshore to the Northeast in the past five years, including 600 to Massachusetts, according to the Reshoring Initiative, a group that promotes US manufacturing. The higher costs of doing business in Massachusetts can work against the state, said Harry Moser, the group’s founder, but reshoring here is still attractive to some companies because of the skilled workforce and proximity to colleges and universities.

Mass. adds workers; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.6 percent

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Massachusetts added 10,500 jobs last month, the 10th straight month of gains, the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday.

The Rise Of The Gig Worker In The Sharing Economy

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In the sharing economy, some say there are no employees, which is great for companies but terrible for workers. Others (like Uber) say we’re leveraging technology to empower individuals to work flexibly and companies to more efficiently share or provide their good and services. Regardless of your stance on the sharing economy, we’ve arrived at it. And now we’re standing at an intersection where over-educated, under-experienced knowledge workers are meeting an influx of task-based gigs. It seems today’s oversupply of knowledge workers only has one interim career option: become a gig worker.

Marty Wiseman: 2016 and the ‘income inequality’ debate

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Perhaps the thing that is evolving as the most unusual element at this early stage of the 2016 presidential race has to do with the central or dominant theme that will be debated with the greatest vigor during the coming campaign. That theme has come to be known simply as “income inequality.”

Massachusetts lifted up by 7,400 jobs in May

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Bay State employers added more than 7,000 jobs in May, the ninth straight month of gains, and more people began looking for work again, increasingly confident about their chances of finding a job. Professor Alan Clayton-Matthews explains.

Mass. unemployment rate drops to 4.6%, a pre-recession low

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The jobs picture keeps getting brighter in the Bay State. The Massachusetts unemployment rate slid to 4.6 percent in May from 4.7 percent the previous month, matching the low point before the so-called Great Recession began in December 2007, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

Tightening labor market tilts in Mass. workers’ favor

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As unemployment rate falls, pay and opportunity rising.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

Jobless rate plummets in Attleboro area

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More than 100,000 area residents now have jobs, causing local unemployment rates to plummet compared to a year ago. Dukakis Center Senior Research Associate Alan Clayton-Matthews, PhD explains why.

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