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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Summer jobs aren’t just a way for teens to earn extra cash and stay out of trouble. They also improve job readiness skills, lead to greater academic aspirations, and build stronger community connections, especially among youth of color, according to a new study out by the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

The Millennial Mindset: The Gig Economy

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By Mary Blake | CBS Boston A new Gallup report suggests it’s not the workplace ‘extras’ like weekly ice cream runs, or napping rooms that prompt a millennial to apply for a job interview. Eighty-seven percent of the millennials surveyed said job development was their number one priority. Millennials also say the job interview is often considered […]

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