The Struggle To Find A Starter Home In A Luxury-Housing Market

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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.

Report details economic impact of school construction

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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.

Study faults life sciences initiative

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A report released Monday suggests job growth in biotech and medical technology, a top focus of the Patrick Administration, has been modest at best over the past five years and has come at the expense of other research and development industries.

Mass. leads nation in life sciences jobs, says report

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Massachusetts’ workforce has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs in biotechnology, medical technology, and other life sciences fields, according to a report released Wednesday.

The changing face of manufacturing: MWCC keeps pace with demand for skilled workers

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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.

Boston’s Vanishing Middle Class

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Ten miles from downtown Boston, Newton Centre sits at the crossroads of America’s upper-middle class.

At local cafés, business cards are exchanged and deals are made in the same space where European nannies meet to discuss life back home and caring for privileged infants here.

Lawrence Sees Job Growth, But Unemployment Remains Elevated

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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?

What Makes Working Cities Work?

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As some Massachusetts “working cities” are beginning to regain their economic momentum, new evidence highlights important factors contributing to their renaissance.

Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap – 4/16/14

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An aging manufacturing sector workforce will open up 100,000 jobs in the next decade, says Barry Bluestone. Jobs that may not be filled if more students aren’t trained for them.

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

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