Mass. unemployment rate drops to 5.5%

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There was no shortage of good news in the Massachusetts jobs report for June, when unemployment dipped to 5.5 percent — its lowest rate in nearly six years — and when the growing number of people working in the state hovered at an all-time high.

Mass. Adds 3,700 Jobs In June; Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 5.5 Percent

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts economy added 3,700 jobs in June and the state unemployment rate ticked down 0.1 percentage point, to 5.5 percent, according to figures put out Thursday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Northeastern University report suggests need for future life science investment

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In a report conducted by Northeastern University, released last week, analysts said the state’s investment in life sciences had pushed Massachusetts to the top of the list when measuring population-controlled life science employment, with 113,678 people involved in the industry throughout the state in 2012.

Dukakis Center Releases New Life Sciences Analysis

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Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy released new data on the growth of the life sciences sectors in Massachusetts, and the importance of these sectors to the economy. The data was presented at UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center by Alan Clayton-Matthews, associate professor and director of quantitative methods in the School of public policy and urban affairs at Northeastern University.

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. jobless rate fell to 5.6% in May

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Massachusetts’ unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in May for the first time in nearly six years as the state economy continues to expand, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

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?

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