Report offers strategies to grow jobs in Mass.

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By Edward Donga | The Patriot Ledger | October 4, 2012

A new job-creation report says the state’s employment picture could be improved by lowering business costs, investing in infrastructure, supporting public education, and coordinating workforce training programs and job search resources.

Legislators, government officials and labor representatives joined at the State House on Wednesday to present the long-awaited report, which laid out plans for growing jobs in the state.

Those plans can’t come soon enough for some South Shore communities.

Amid optimistic views on the state’s present and future economic prospects, the report noted that the South Shore Workforce Investment Area, which includes Quincy and Braintree, was among the bottom third of the state’s 16 regions in job growth since the recession began. Read More

Manufacturing ‘renaissance’ takes shape in Mass.

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By Ira Kantor | The Boston Herald | September 13, 2012

Massachusetts’ manufacturing sector no longer suffers from “Rodney Dangerfield syndrome” — it finally has respect, according to a new report issued today.

Investments in new equipment and technology; the development of more specialized products; and increased workforce training efforts have helped the industry undergo an “economic renaissance” in just five years, said the report’s chief author, Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

“Assuming the economy continues to recover, and somehow Europe doesn’t implode, we’re looking real good,” Bluestone said.

Manufacturing currently has the second largest payroll in Massachusetts, behind health care, with an average salary totaling more than $75,000. Despite labor statistics predicting the current statewide 250,000 employment number dropping to about 239,000 by 2018, there could be as many as 100,000 new sector jobs opening up over the next decade, the report said. A whopping 65 percent of the 700 manufacturers surveyed expect to increase production over the next five years, according to the report. Read More

Manufacturing poised for promising future, Northeastern University study says

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By Jay Fitzgerald | Boston.com | September 13, 2012

After decades of losing factory and assembly line jobs, manufacturing is poised for a promising future in Massachusetts, thanks to corporate investments in cutting-edge technologies and skilled workers who are churning out high-end products faster and cheaper than ever here, a new study says.

Employment in the sector has stabilized since the last recession and production is at its highest level in a decade, according to the study from Northeastern University released Thursday. Overall, manufacturing employment in the state is still expected to decrease, largely due to automation and increased productivity, but the declines will be nowhere near as steep as over the past 20 years.

Even so, some companies within “advanced manufacturing,” the segment of the industry that makes highly sophisticated products for the aerospace, computer, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other sectors, could expand payrolls and global market shares, the report said. Read More

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