Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said it now takes typ­ical job­less workers about 30 weeks to land a new one. “We have never seen any­thing like this,” he told us recently. And the jobs people are find are often part-​​time posi­tions. Sum noted that the spike in the number of people looking for work in June sug­gested that people were seeing their unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits run out.

Mike Gerry, deputy director of the North Cen­tral Mass­a­chu­setts Work­force Invest­ment Board, said that region has been hit harder than other areas of the state in part because some out-​​of-​​work res­i­dents have shown a reluc­tance to travel for low-​​paying jobs. “For the lower-​​paying jobs, it’s not eco­nom­i­cally fea­sible to spend half your pay­check on trans­porta­tion costs,” Gerry noted.

That of course also accounts for part of the higher unem­ploy­ment rate in Lowell, and other urban cen­ters like Worcester, Spring­field and Brockton.

 

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