What’s New in Labor and Workforce Development

The Latest in State House News, Association Events, and Everything You Need to Know

About Workforce Development

WIB Association Updates

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Governor Patrick and Secretary Kaprielian at Metro North REB YouthWorks Event March 14, 2014 in Malden
Workforce Solutions Group

Youth Pathways Advocacy Day

April 10, 2013

11:00- 1:00p.m.

Massachusetts State House, Room 437

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, March 20, 2014

“Higher Education Success”

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center

Lowell, Massachusetts


Barbara O'Neil, Gail BRown, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Chair Kevin COughlin and Mayor Elliott


Barbara O’Neil, Gail Brown, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Chair Kevin Coughlin and Mayor Elliott


Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Quarterly Meeting Honors Speaker Robert DeLeo

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts











The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association honors Speaker Robert A. DeLeo at December Holiday meeting.

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Reports & Articles

Workforce Reports


Labor Market Information
Second Quarter 2013

Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Job Vacancy Survey

Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University
October 2013

Problems of Massachusetts- The Great Socioeconomic Divergence

Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino and Andy Sum, Northeastern University, Summer Employment for Youth Violence Prevention Program












Summer 2013 Teen Summer Job Market

Center for Labor Market Studies

Northeastern University

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State House and Capital Hill News

FY2015 Governor Budget Recommendations

February 4, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces $4.5 Million in Grants to Improve Skills for Job Seekers and Employed Workers

6 WIBs Lead Projects

July 17, 2013

“I look forward to working with the Department of Labor and Workforce to continue our focus on creating jobs and strengthening our economy”

- Senate President, Therese Murray


State Senator Karen Spilka addresses the Association’s funding needs and reaffirms her commitment to Workforce Training and School-to-Career programs in the Commonwealth at their Summer Meeting in Hopkinton, MA

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Representative Thomas Conroy, Representative Gloria Fox and Stan Usovicz, Chairman of the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association at the Workforce Solutions Group Youth Pathways Advocacy Day- April 3, 2013


Association Members meet in Washington, DC with Senator Elizabeth Warren to discuss WIA Reauthorization

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Unemployment Rates: MA & US Massachusetts Jobs
Seasonal unemployment graph for MA Graph of MA seasonal employment

Seasonally Adjusted Data

Source: Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development



“The Map”

Explore the 16 Workforce Investment Board Regions

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Berkshire Reginoal Employment Board
Franklin-Hampsire Regional Employment Board
Regional Employment Board of Hampden
North Central Mass WIB
Central Mass WIB
Greater Lowell WIB
Partnership For a Skilled Workforce
Merrimack Valley WIB
North Shore WIB
Metro North Regional Employment Board
Boston Private Industry Council
Brockton Area WIB
South Shore WIB
South Shore WIB
Bristol WIB
Greater New Bedford WIB
Cape & Islands WIB
Cape & Islands WIB

North Central Mass
Central Mass
Greater Lowell
Metro Southwest
Metro North
North Shore
Merrimack Valley
South Shore
Greater New Bedford
Cape and Islands









Association Overview

The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association is a business-led organization representing the 16 member regional workforce boards employers, representatives of labor, higher education, business and industry associations, economic development and workforce organizations, which provides leadership in workforce development in each region across the Commonwealth. The Association conducts timely labor market analysis, brokers relationships between business and industry and providers of education and training programs, and sets policy concerning management and allocation of federal and state workforce development resources to best serve job seekers and employers in their regions.

What is a Workforce Board?

The Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) of Massachusetts provide workforce development leadership in their communities.  These business-lead WIBs have the critical role of governance and oversight of the federal and state resources that support the regional network of One-Stop Career Centers and education and training investments in their regions.

Workforce Board membership consists of private-sector businesses working in concert with labor, education, and the public sector to design effective, demand driven workforce development services for job seekers and employers.  To keep business competitive and to sustain economic growth, our 16 WIBs:

  • Identify changing workforce needs as part of the regional economic development strategy
  • Develop strategic responses to the labor market and industry
  • Work to build a comprehensive workforce system in response to the demands of the marketplace, workplace, and workforce
  • Focus on accountability, customer statisfaction, and measurable results.

Message from the Chairman

Stanley J. Usovicz

 Welcome to the Association’s web site. We hope you have had the opportunity to utilize the web site and that it provides you with useful links to support your workforce efforts throughout Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Workforce Board Association is a private sector led organization with representatives of business, labor, education and the non-profits, all of which are facing significant challenges as a result of a lack of jobs and in some sectors skilled workers available to meet current and projected workforce needs.

Our key objective is to develop a recognition of the need for change in education, job placement and training practices as they relate to workforce development and economic development throughout the Commonwealth.

The Association members have been focusing on several key initiatives:

  • The reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act as a vehicle to respond to the changing conditions of the Massachusetts and US labor market including increasing funding for workforce programs in the federal budget and new strategies to respond to employer and worker needs;
  • Focus on the success of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, which brings together employers, workers, educators, and labor and workforce organizations to respond to the skills gap in key industry sectors. The continued capitalization of the WCTF is a top priority.
  • Broader engagement of the private sector in helping to craft, though local workforce boards in partnership with education and training providers, the development of a public-private sector approach to increasing workers skills and company competitiveness;
  • Expanding opportunities for workplace based education in the provision of adult basic education and English as a second language services.
  • Performance accountability to ensure an effective workforce system for the Commonwealth based upon a strategic value driven approach including the closing the skills gap; increasing the capacity of the system and developing the youth pipeline, in partnership with key state leaders and local stakeholders.

We all know the challenge of the critical economic times that everyone in the Commonwealth and the Country is facing.  I firmly believe that workforce development is economic development and that workforce development will chart the path to the better economic times to come.  This Association and the workforce development movement needs your help.  There are many ways you can help through your regional Boards and the programs they have developed as well as through the initiatives that have been developed by the Commonwealth and this Association. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this effort to solve the workforce problems that confront this Commonwealth and create a better future for us all.


Yours truly,


Stanley J Usovicz, Chairman