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.
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.
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.
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?