Massachusetts jobless rate continues to drop

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By Colin A. Young State | House News Service The Massachusetts economy added 6,600 jobs in December as the state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend, hitting its lowest level in 16 years. The state’s total unemployment rate ticked down one tenth of a percentage point to 2.8 percent last month — the sixth straight […]

As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers

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By Shannon Dooling | wnpr New England is an old region, and not just by historical standards. The population here is aging faster than almost any other place in the country. Fewer people are having children, and many of the states struggle to keep younger generations living and working here. And as New England’s baby boomers grow […]

The answer to America’s working class job crisis is hard, but not mysterious

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By Simon Montlake | The Christian Science Monitor Antonio Blanc, a senior at Malden High School, knows the risk of being left behind. He’s struggled to keep up at school, distracted by family instability and the part-time kitchen jobs he needs to pay the bills now he’s living alone. His plan after graduation is to […]

Bay Watch: What Connecticut Can Learn From Massachusetts’s Job Growth

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By Lydia Brown & Lucy Nalpathanchil | WNPR Labor pains and lessons from the north. As Connecticut comes to terms with recent job loss, Massachusetts emerges as a regional leader in statewide job recovery. This hour, we explore the latest job market trends and find out what Connecticut stands to learn from the Bay State. Are […]

Mass. loses 5,000 jobs, but rate plunges

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By Jordan Graham | Boston Herald Massachusetts lost more than 5,000 jobs and fewer people looked for work last month even as the unemployment rate plunged to 3.3 percent last month. Experts advised job losses may not indicate a slowing labor market. “A lot of the decline in employment is due to sampling error,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, […]

Harvard, janitors reach deal that may have ripple effect

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Deal could set bar for wages in other states By Katheleen Conti | Boston Globe In a span of just five months, thousands of low-wage union workers in Greater Boston have racked up victories against powerful institutions and employers, at a time when the discontent of the working class shaped the presidential election. The latest came […]

Nearly 2 in 5 Massachusetts employers predict adding jobs in next 6 months

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By Jim Kinney|Mass Live Massachusetts employers gained confidence in the economy in October, according to survey results issued Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business group. The state’s job market looked positive, according to the report. Nearly 39 percent of respondents reported adding staff during the past six months while 19 percent reported […]

The two reasons it really is harder to get a job than it used to be

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By Jeff Guo | The Washington Post It used to be that jobs returned swiftly after a recession. But since the 1990s, the labor market seems to have lost much of its natural buoyancy. The past three downturns caused extended periods of underemployment. Years after economic output had fully rebounded, there were still fewer people at work. Economists have struggled […]

Summer jobs programs: What do we know?

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By Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino for the Brookings Blog The well-documented drop in teen employment rates has raised concerns that it is becoming more difficult for teens to find pathways into the labor market, particularly for African-American and Latino teens living in neighborhoods with fewer job opportunities. Admittedly, for some teens working has been replaced […]

Mass. employer confidence falls

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to 56.1 […]

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