The Boston Globe – Mass. jobless rate fell to 6.5% in February

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The Massachusetts unemployment rate slipped below the nation’s for the first time since November as employers added nearly 4,000 jobs last month, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

The Boston Globe – Workers’ skills aren’t matching available jobs

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Policy School professor and economist Alan Clayton-Matthews says it’s unrealistic to expect people trained for one occupation to train for an entirely different one because demand changes.

Worcester Business Journal – Federal Shutdown Drops Mass. Business Confidence

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Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on survey results concerning confidence in Massachusetts’ business climate.

The Boston Herald – New unemployment numbers point to slow but steady growth in jobs

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The Policy School’s Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on the latest unemployment numbers and the trends they point to for the coming months.

Clayton-Matthews predicts short-run economic impact from the Boston Lockdown is similar to a snowstorm

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Clayton-Matthews predicts short-run economic impact from the Boston Lockdown is similar to a snowstorm



What the Boston Lockdown Might Cost



By YUVAL ROSENBERG | The Fiscal Times | April 19, 2013



The most significant long-run economic impact, if there is any, may come from increased security costs, both in Boston and nationally, particularly for open-air events. “More resources will need to be put into making events secure,” Clayton-Matthews says, “and that takes away resources from other uses that might have led to higher growth in the future.”

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