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Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Quarterly Meeting & Workforce Solutions Group Job Summit

Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th

Devens Common Conference Center, Devens, Massachusetts

 

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Bill Ward of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board is honored for his Lifetime of Service at the Workforce Solutions Group Annual Summit on October 9, 2013 in Devens, Massachusetts
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Stan Usovicz, Chairman, Massachusetts Workforce Board Association at the Workforce Solutions Group 4th Annual Jobs and Workforce Summit
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Stan Usovicz, Chairman, Massachusetts Workforce Board Association at the Workforce Solutions Group 4th Annual Jobs and Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Devens, Massachusetts

 

Steve Tolman, President, MA-AFL-CIO address the Workforce Board Association in Devens, Massachusetts on October 8, 2013
Steve Tolman, President, MA-AFL-CIO address the Workforce Board Association on October 8, 2013 and the Workforce Solutions Group’s Annual Summit on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Devens, Massachusetts

 

Massachusetts Workforce Board Association Annual Meeting

Thursday May 9th & Friday, May 10th, 2013

Cranwell Resorts, Lenox, Massachusetts

Jennifer James, Undersecretary of the Executive Office on Labor and Workforce Development, leads group discussion on the regional needs of the Commonwealth and the Board’s Strategy for the impending Fiscal Year

 

“Western Massachusetts really has a lot to offer and our friends in Eastern Massachusetts have been such great partners for our regions, we work together to really get things accomplished…I will always turn to the private sector and thank them for their support, they have been amazing to me and they will always be there to support our work”- Bill Ward

 

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Youth Pathways Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Day

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA

“It is the responsibility of government, private and non-profit sectors to give a hand up, not a handout to people who aspire to have a pathway different than that of guns, drugs and violence…it is the state’s responsibility to fund Connecting Activities and mentoring programs to provide hope and stewardship to the next generation.”

-Chairman, Thomas P. Conroy

 

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Association Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

School to Career Pathways

Featured: Secretary of Education Matt Malone, Senator Michael Rodrigues (I), Representative Patricia Haddad,

New Bedford Mayor Jonathan Mitchell, Greater New Bedford WIB Chair Peter Muise,

and New Bedford High School educators and students

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Reports

FY2014 Budget

FY2014 Supplemental Budget- Chapter 118

WCTF Grant Release July 17 2013

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Steep Deterioration in Teen Employment Opportunitiesin MA and the US, 1999-2010

Center for Labor Market Studies

Labor Underutilization Problems of U.S. Workers Across Household Income Groups at the End of the Great Recession: A Truly Great Depression Among the Nation’s Low Income Workers Amidst Full Employment Among the Most Affluent

Prepared by Andrew Sum and Ishwar Khatiwada with the assistance of Sheila Palma for the J.S. Mott Foundation in Flint, MI, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, February 2010

The Deep Depression in Blue Collar Labor Markets in the U.S.: Their Implications For Future Economic Stimulus and Workforce Development Policies

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Paul Harrington, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Misha Trubskyy & Sheila Palma, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, December 2009

Getting to the Finish Line College Enrollment and Graduation: A Seven Year Longitudinal Study of the Boston Public Schools Class of 2000 (PDF)

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Neeta Fogg, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Sheila Palma with Jacqui Motroni and Paulo Tobar, November 2008

Beyond Official Unemployment: Measuring the Size and Incidence of Labor Underutilization Problems Among U.S. Workers in 2008 (PDF)

Prepared by Andrew Sum & Ishwar Khatiwada with the assistance of Joseph McLaughlin & Sheila Palma, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, August 2008

Declining Teen Employment Prospects in Massachusetts and the U.S.: The Case for An Immediate Youth Jobs Stimulus Program in the Nation and State (PDF)

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Joseph McLaughlin & Ishwar Khatiwada with the assistance of Sheila Palma, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, February 2008

The Economic, Labor Market, and Fiscal Performance and Impacts of theBiopharmaceutical Industries of Massachusetts

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Paulo Tobar & Sheila Palma, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, August 2007

 

 

 

Complete Set of PhRMA Reports – Center for Labor Market Studies

The Projected Summer 2007 Job Outlook for the Nation’s Teens and the Case for a Federally-Funded Summer Jobs Creation Program

Prepared by Andrew Sum & Joseph McLaughlin, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, April 2007

Mass Economy: The Labor Supply and our Economic Future

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Sheila Palma & Paulo Tobar with Kamen Madjarov, Jacqui Motroni & Vladlena Sabodash, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University and MassINC, December 2007

 

 

 

This research assesses the health of the state’s supply of labor, both now and into the future. A key question is whether the state has an adequate supply of qualified workers to fuel our next round of economic expansion.

(See other CLMS Reports Below)

 

Massachusetts Community Colleges

Commonwealth Magazine article “College Try” by Michael Jonas

Massachusetts Community Colleges The Potential for Improving College Attainment

Mary M. Lassen, Senior Fellow, The Boston Foundation ….Read Report

Board of Higher Education Final Report from the Task Force on Retention and Completion Rates at the Community Colleges ….Read Report

Higher effort on higher learning
By Thomas M. Menino and Gary Gottlieb February 26, 2007, Boston Globe…

Op-ed & Letters to Editor in Response

Dropout Data

Board of Education releases 2008 Graduation Rates: 81.2 percent of Class of 2008 graduated in four years but many students falling behind

2008 Graduation Rate Report All districts/schools for All Students

Read statewide summary results…

An Assessment of the Labor Market, Income, Health, Social, Civic and Fiscal Consequences of Dropping Out of High School:  Findings for Massachusetts Adults in the 21st Century

Prepared by Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Paulo Tobar, with Jacqui Motroni, Sheila Palma, Center for Labor Market Studies Northeastern University

Prepared for: Boston Youth Transitions Task Force and Boston Private Industry Council Boston, Massachusetts January 2007…PDF

Too Big to Be Seen: The Invisible Dropout Crisis in Boston and America, a report from the Boston Youth Transitions Task Force, May 2006 PDF

High School Dropouts 2007-08 Massachusetts Public Schools

In the 2007-08 school year, a total of 3.4 percent (9,959 dropouts) of students in grades nine through twelve dropped out. This rate was four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the rate for the 2006-07 school year. Read report…

 

Job Vacancy Survey

Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development Job Vacancy Survey 2thQuarter2009

Past Surveys

 

More Center for Labor Market Studies Reports

New England Regional Labor Force Developments and Their Workforce Development Implicationspresentation by Andy Sum, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University September 2006 PPT

“The Deterioration in the Labor Market Fortunes of Massachusetts High School Students and Young Dropouts, 2000-2004: Implications for the Connecting Activities and Other Workforce Development Programs to Boost Teen Employment Prospects”, Sum, A., Madjarov, K., McLaughlin, J. April 2006 PDF

“New Foreign Immigrant Inflows into Massachusetts, 2000-2005: An Assessment Of Their Size, Characteristics, and Impacts on State Population and Labor Force Growth” Sum, A., J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. for Commonwealth Corporation, February 2006 PDF

“New Foreign Immigrant Inflows into Massachusetts, 2000-2005: An Assessment Of Their Size, Characteristics, and Impacts on State Population and Labor Force Growth” Sum, A., J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. February 2006 prepared for Commonwealth Corporation PDF

“Massachusetts Labor Markets in Mid-2005: An Assessment of Job Vacancy and Unemployment Developments and Their Implications for Workforce Development Policy”, Sum, A., Mclaughlin, J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. February 2006 PDF

“Employment And Job Vacancy Developments Across Industries Of Massachusetts And Local Workforce Development Areas/ Economic Development Districts: Their Implications For Future Job Training And
Workforce Development Initiatives”, Sum, ., Mclaughlin, J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. December 2005 PDF
“Wage And Salary Employment Trends In Massachusetts, 1982-2005: Findings On Recent Job Growth And Decline Across Industrial Sectors And Geographic Areas Of The State, 2001-2005,” Sum, A. November 2005 PDF

“Recent Trends in the Levels Distribution and Adequacy Of the Annual Earnings of Massachusetts Workers: Implications for the Boston Workforce Development Initiative”, Sum, A., Khatiwada, I., and Palma, S, November 2004… PDF

“A Commonwealth Growing Apart: Family Income in Massachusetts: , Sum, A., Khatiwada, I., Palma, S., Tobar, P. September 2004 PDF

 

 

 

This report looks at changes in the economic well-being of families in various regions of Massachusetts, examining differences in the levels and growth rates of real median family in comes in a wide array of substate areas over the 1990s and, in some cases, the 1980s.

“Treading Water in Quicksand: A Look at Poverty, Income Inadequacy and Self Sufficiency in Massachusetts”, Sum, A., Fogg, N., Khatiwada, I., Peron, S. and Palma, S. September 2004 PDF

This report analyzes the extent of in come inadequacy challenges among Massachusetts families at the end of the 1990s with updates through 2003. Three alternative measures of family in come inadequacy were used in this study: 1) the poverty in come thresholds of the federal government; 2) a measure of the low in come status of families as re presented by 200 per cent of the existing poverty in come thresholds; and 3) the Family Economic Self Sufficiency (FESS) standard of The Women’s Union and Wider Opportunities for Women.

“Family Income Developments in Massachusetts During the 1990s: Mediocre Growth for the Average Family Amidst Sharply Rising Income Inequality, Sum, A., Khatiwada, I., Trubs’kky, M., and Palma, S., January 2004… PDF
“Changes in the Economic Well Being of Families in Substate Areas of Massachusetts:
Implications for the Future Targetting of Economic Development and Workforce Development Programs”, Sum, A., Khatiwada, I., Palma, S., and Tobar, P., June, 2004… PDF
“Labor Market Problems in Massachusetts From the End of the Labor Market Boom in
2000 Through 2003”, Khatiwada, I., Sum, A., and Palma, S., April 2004… PDF

Workers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are in trouble. Between 2000 and 2003, the Commonwealth lost 4.1% of its payroll jobs, a rate three-and-one-half times higher than the national average. This gave Massachusetts the dubious distinction of having the nation’s highest rate of job loss with a decline of 215,000 or 6.4%. Even as much of the country experiences an economic recovery, Massachusetts has yet to add any new net wage and salary jobs since last fall. In the last three years, all Massachusetts workers (especially those with no post-secondary education), have struggled to keep their jobs, and those unemployed have found their periods of unemployment stretching longer.

The following reports have been prepared by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University for the Workforce Solutions Group:

Occupational Employment and Job Vacancy Developments in Massachusetts 2000-2005: Implications for Future Workforce Development Policy Sum, A., Mclaughlin, J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. April 2006 PDF

 

Massachusetts Labor Markets in Mid-2005: An Assessment of Job Vacancy and Unemployment Developments and Their Implications for Workforce Development Policy, Sum, A., Mclaughlin, J., Tobar, P., Khatiwada I., and Palma, S. February 2006 PDF