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 […]

Tilting at Windmills

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Why the green jobs promise is still unfulfilled By Joan Fitzgerald Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine […]

Massachusetts economy surged in second quarter

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By Lauren Feiner | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy made a big comeback in the second quarter of 2017 after a disappointing start to the year. The state’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent, compared to the national average of 2.6 percent over the same period, according to MassBenchmarks, a local economic service […]

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 […]

Business confidence up in June

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By State House News Service Optimism about labor force participation trends is outweighing worry about long-term growth, an Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey of employers found, as confidence in the economy climbed again last month. AIM’s Business Confidence Index rose a full point to 61.8 in June, the ninth month out of the last 10 […]

How Summer Jobs Programs Impact Young People Long After The Seasons Change

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By Shawn Bodden, Jill Kaufman | WBUR A new study out of Northeastern University finds that summer jobs programs for youth improve social skills and reduce violent crime. The study looked at participants in Boston’s summer jobs program and compared their outcome with a control group. The results showed a 35 percent reduction in violent crimes. Guests […]

Study shows lower crime by kids in summer job programs in Boston

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By Fox25 News A new study by the Boston Fed found violent crime dropped by almost half among young people who attended at least one summer job program in Boston. “We found a 35 percent reduction in violent crime and a 57 percent reduction in property crime,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, the study’s author. Boston […]

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 […]

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