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.

Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Strande

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Ruth Strande, a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program, talks about why she chose Northeastern, what she learned during her studies, what she does in her current job and much more.

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.

High school students march for jobs

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By Brian Ballou | The Boston Globe | February 21, 2013

More than 1,000 high school students from across Massachusetts marched from Faneuil Hall to the State House Thursday, calling for increased funding for youth jobs and asking that more companies create summer positions for teens.

“This is important for me to be here, begging these legislators for more jobs, because we are the future,” said Sheraine Blake, 18, a senior at the Boston Community Leadership Academy, as she stood on the State House steps. “And to save kids from being out on the street and doing things they shouldn’t be doing, why not open up more jobs for us?”

“It will cut down on drugs and all the violence,” she added.

The students, who hailed from at least a dozen cities and towns, chanted “We want jobs” as they wound through downtown on their way to the State House. Once there, they were briefed on how to approach elected officials about their concerns. State Representative Elizabeth A. “Liz” Malia, a Democrat who represents Jamaica Plain, met with the students, as did several other state legislators. Read More

After declines, jobless rate in Mass. on the rise

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By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey | Worcester Telegram & Gazette | February 24, 2013

For more than two years starting in early 2010, the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell steadily, indicating that the economy was improving after a severe recession.

But recently, the trend has reversed. After falling to 6 percent in May and June of 2012, the unemployment rate ended the year at 6.7 percent.

In the Worcester metropolitan area, unemployment fell to 6.4 percent in April and May but rose to 7.2 percent by year’s end.

The reversal may be unwelcome, but it’s not entirely surprising, given the slowdown in economic growth during the second half of 2012, according to Northeastern University economist Alan Clayton-Matthews. The Massachusetts economy grew just 1 percent in the last quarter of 2012, Mr. Clayton-Matthews reported in the journal MassBenchmarks. Read More

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