In Massachusetts, jobs abound but wages lag

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By Jon Christian | Boston Globe Massachusetts has largely recovered the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, according to a report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group in Boston. But for most workers, that economic growth hasn’t translated into increased wages — with the notable exception of the top 1 […]

Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

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By Lauren Feiner | Boston Globe The Massachusetts unemployment rate in June again inched upward, hitting 4.3 percent in a month where officials said employers added 10,000 jobs. Since the beginning of 2017, the jobless rate in Massachusetts has steadily risen from 3.2 percent in January, even though nearly 63,000 more people now have jobs […]

Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits

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By Laurent Belsie | The Christian Science Monitor After her parents were deported to Haiti when she was eight, Sherley Muscade lived with a family friend in the United States and, eventually, her aunt. She shifted schools often. She babysat during the summers. And then last year, she had her best summer ever: a job at […]

WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017

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Hear about Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino’s study showing how summer jobs reduce crime on WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017.

Hiring sale: Job availability on the rise

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Just how tight is the job market? Hollister Staffing is so busy finding workers for employers that the agency is looking to beef up its own staff — and is networking practically around the clock. But so far, Hollister has only managed to hire a handful of the […]

What are the benefits of summer youth employment programs? Professor Modestino answers

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By School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention. Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser […]

Will Bay State run out of workers?

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By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald Bay State employers added more than 10,000 jobs last month and more residents rejoined the labor force, the latest signs that Massachusetts’ labor market is continuing to grow — though some analysts worry the good times may soon be coming to an end. “It’s been steady, relatively strong growth,” […]

Why Trump’s deportation plan could damage the economy

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By Northeastern News A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that undocumented immigrants are expected to contribute approximately $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, roughly 3 percent of the gross domestic product. But documents released last week by the Department of Homeland Security show that […]

Professor Modestino’s research highlighted at Youth Employment Policy Forum

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By Boston PIC staff On Feb. 16, the PIC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development hosted a Youth Employment Policy Forum. Mark Melnik of the UMass Donahue Institute and Alicia Sasser Modestino of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs presented findings from their respective research on trends in […]

Bakeries are booming, but bakers are in short supply

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe Our hunger for bread and muffins may be insatiable, but grocery stores, restaurants, and pastry shops are increasingly struggling to find one key ingredient: the bakers to make them all. Massachusetts technology firms and health care companies have been in the trenches of the talent war for years, offering […]

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