“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.”
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.
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.