Economists: Paid leave proposal would expand access for Mass. workers

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A proposed statewide program to provide paid leave for medical and family caregiving would cover 3.1 million Massachusetts workers and level the playing field for women, minorities, and low-income workers, at an average cost of only $3 a week per each covered employee, according to a new analysis by economists from Northeastern University and the […]

Colleges Drill Down on Job-Listing Terms

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By Anna Louie Sussman and Melissa Korn | The Wall Street Journal  Despite Macomb Community College’s long ties to Michigan’s auto makers, the school’s leaders sometimes feel as though they aren’t speaking the same language as employers when it comes to matching its graduates with jobs. Turns out they often aren’t: When the school’s engineering dean examined thousands of […]

State jobless rate hits 4.5%, lowest in nearly 15 years

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By Deirdre Fernandes | Globe Staff The state’s unemployment rate in February dropped to its lowest point in nearly 15 years, as the Massachusetts economy continued to expand. The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, the lowest since December 2001, as employers added 13,300 jobs in February, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said […]

Why Aren’t Millennial Wages Growing?

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Brendan Duke, associate director of economic policy at the Center for American Progress. Author of the new report, “When I Was Your Age: Millennials and the Generational Wage Gap.” (@brendan_duke) Alicia Sasser Modestino, professor of economics and public policy at Northeastern University. (@SasserModestino) Center for American Progress: When I Was Your Age — “By all […]

New threads invigorate Mass. textile industry

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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