Local housing advocates have long warned that Massachusetts needs more development to meet the demands of first time homebuyers, yet most new construction is still aimed at the luxury market. Barry Bluestone joins WGBH News in their continuing FOCUS series, “Growing Pains,” to look the struggle to find a starter home in Boston.
In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has distributed $10.5 billion to help build and renovate hundreds of schools to improve the quality of education around the state, but the funding also has played a significant role in creating jobs and generating tax revenue, a new report shows. The economic impact was particularly meaningful during the recent downturn, which hit the construction industry hard, according to the report, written by Alan Clayton-Matthews and Barry Bluestone of the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning.
If you think all manufacturing is dirty, greasy, noisy, and boring, think again.
“The jobs that we have in manufacturing are no longer those greasy, unsafe positions, but are the high-tech, clean, very safe jobs that have great growth potential,” said Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resources Management, a manufacturing staffing company that places Mount Wachusett students and graduates in medical manufacturing positions.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — As of April, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in Lawrence was 11.9 percent, more than double the state’s jobless rate of 5.6 percent.
But, at the same time, this old industrial city has been adding jobs at a faster rate than the state. So, if the city is growing jobs, why is unemployment so stubbornly high?