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 […]

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 […]

Young workers seen as key to Mass. economic growth

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By Jeff Malachowski | MetroWest Daily News Attracting young workers from across the country and world is a key component to continuing economic growth in Massachusetts, one expert told business professionals Friday. “If we’re going to be successful in terms of growing the economy we have to have influxes of young workers into the state,” […]

Continued Growth Of Mass. Economy Depends On Immigration, Experts Say

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By Fred Thys | WBUR Massachusetts and New Hampshire have the strongest economies in New England, but experts say continued growth depends on immigration. That was one message delivered during an economic outlook conference hosted by the New England Economic Partnership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Tuesday. “We’re highly dependent on growing our labor […]

Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

Tricks of the Trade

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By WCVB A recent study published by the Brookings Institute shows that 20% of all American jobs are now in the STEM field, and only about half of those positions require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those so-called “blue-collar” jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utility service fields. Often, going into a field that […]

Manufacturing In America: Fact And Fiction

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By WBUR Ford nixes a Mexico plant and promises 700 U.S. jobs.  Can Trump’s arm-twisting bring manufacturing jobs back home in a big way? And now it’s Ford keeping jobs in the USA. After public pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, this week Ford said it would scrap plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in […]

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 […]

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