Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

Tricks of the Trade

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By WCVB A recent study published by the Brookings Institute shows that 20% of all American jobs are now in the STEM field, and only about half of those positions require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those so-called “blue-collar” jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utility service fields. Often, going into a field that […]

Manufacturing In America: Fact And Fiction

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By WBUR Ford nixes a Mexico plant and promises 700 U.S. jobs.  Can Trump’s arm-twisting bring manufacturing jobs back home in a big way? And now it’s Ford keeping jobs in the USA. After public pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, this week Ford said it would scrap plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in […]

As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers

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By Shannon Dooling | wnpr New England is an old region, and not just by historical standards. The population here is aging faster than almost any other place in the country. Fewer people are having children, and many of the states struggle to keep younger generations living and working here. And as New England’s baby boomers grow […]

The answer to America’s working class job crisis is hard, but not mysterious

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By Simon Montlake | The Christian Science Monitor Antonio Blanc, a senior at Malden High School, knows the risk of being left behind. He’s struggled to keep up at school, distracted by family instability and the part-time kitchen jobs he needs to pay the bills now he’s living alone. His plan after graduation is to […]

You don’t have to outrun the bears, just the competition

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By Frank Mand | Wicked Local Northeastern University Professor Barry Bluestone gave a lecture of sorts at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last Tuesday, covering the town’s economic prospects, the recent presidential election and life in the little town of Truro. Bluestone also singled out one of his former students. After working with more than 3,000 […]

Economic assessment report reveals Plymouth’s ‘deal breakers’

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By Frank Mand | Wicked Local The results of the Economic Development Self Assessment Tool – or EDSAT – are in and there are few surprises. The “deal breakers” keeping Plymouth from reaching its economic potential are 1) slow review processes, 2) limited parking, 3) insufficient infrastructure and 4) high rents. EDSAT, which was developed […]

Time to invest in voc-tech

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Waiting lists are long; employer demand high By Timothy P. Murray | Commonwealth Magazine The defeat of Question 2 to lift the cap on charter schools has left many on both sides of this issue wondering if any common ground can be found to expand student access to high performing public schools. The answer to that […]

Tax revenue forecasts all over map

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By  Bruce Mohl | Commonwealth Magazine The state’s tax revenue forecasters are more than $1 billion apart in their projections for fiscal 2018, the largest gap between high and low estimates in the last six years. At a State House hearing on Monday with lawmakers and Baker administration officials who are trying to develop a consensus […]

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