Housing, Education, Transportation Dominate Economic Outlook Talks

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By  Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman The Massachusetts economy is strong and vibrant, but the state needs serious investments in its infrastructure – and transportation in particular – to support projected growth in the years ahead. That was a major consensus to come out of a panel discussion last week among three regional chambers […]

Shawsheen Tech to host forum

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By Wicked Local Billerica Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will host a forum on Jobs of Today and Tomorrow and the Future of Work from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at 100 Cook St., in Billerica. The forum will feature a panel of industry and academic experts with deep knowledge of the Massachusetts labor market. […]

It’s time for vocational schools to get some respect

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Mass. employers depend on their graduates and say more must be done to address long wait lists and out-of-date facilities. By Deborah Halber | The Boston Globe On a Monday morning in late spring, city buses arrive like clockwork on Malcolm X Boulevard, disgorging students hunched over cellphones, earbud wires trailing down the fronts of […]

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 […]

Survey finds youth in Boston summer jobs program gain job readiness skills, higher academic aspirations

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By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern After youth par­tic­i­pated in Boston’s summer jobs pro­gram, a greater number reported having increased job readi­ness skills, higher aca­d­emic aspi­ra­tions, and  improved con­nec­tions with their neighborhoods—with the largest gains in some areas among minority groups—according to a new report co-​​authored by Northeastern’s Alicia Sasser Modestino. Mod­es­tino, asso­ciate pro­fessor with […]

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 […]

Boston’s $3 million test: Good jobs without a degree

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By Simon Montlake | Yahoo! News Hari Maharjan steps out of a service elevator onto the thickly carpeted second floor in a downtown hotel. Pulling on his rubber gloves, he pushes a groaning laundry cart along the hushed corridor. Mr. Maharjan, a housekeeping trainee, is shadowing a room attendant with nine years on the job. Maharjan is […]

Vocational High Schools Make Pitch As Solution To Mass. Workforce Woes

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By Mike Deehan | WGBH News One of the hottest debates on Beacon Hill and in Boston City Hall is over public school funding. Teachers and students want more from their communities and those communities want more aid from the state. There’s also the matter of adding more charter schools to the mix and how to fund […]

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 […]

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