Job market red hot for those with the right skills

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“The job picture looks better than it has in a while,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “But you have to have the right skills. That’s the key. You have to have the right skills.”

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. jobless rate fell to 5.6% in May

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Alan Clayton-Matthews, a Northeastern University economist, said the jobs gained in May are a continuation of “moderate growth” for the state. As people have begun working again, incomes have risen, households have paid down debt, and home prices have increased.

US adds 217,000 jobs in May

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The US economy finally has regained all the jobs lost in the last recession as hiring continued to expand at a solid pace, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Bay State jobless rate drops, 
but so does the number of jobs

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The state unemployment rate fell to 6 percent yesterday, but the state lost jobs for the first time since January.

“It’s a bit of a mixed picture,” said Alan Clayton Matthews, a professor at Northeastern University.

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