In Gateway City regions with an aging and under-skilled labor force, workforce development is an essential ingredient for future economic growth. This report breaks down workforce development to give municipal leaders a better sense of the field. New analysis dissects the demand for these services in Gateway City markets, and best practices for improving participant […]
Demand-Driven Problem Solving Needed in Tight Labor Market
January 18, 2017
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently announced that the Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, the lowest rate of unemployment since January 2001. An unemployment rate of 2.9% is great news for the Commonwealth and for job seekers looking for a new job or better job. However, it presents challenges to businesses […]
Grant Helps LHMC Expand Role of Medical, Clinical Assistants
August 11, 2016
This blog features a story on Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC), one of the 59 grant projects being funded by the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (HCWTF). Grant funds are helping to increase the clinical and direct patient care skills of Medical and Clinic Assistants working in primary care practices. LHMC has implemented the […]
Closing the Skills Gap: Meeting the Demand for Skills in a Growing Economy
The purpose of this analysis is to provide data that informs policy and practice in the education and workforce development fields. This report documents statewide trends, placing the Massachusetts experience in the national context. We use data from a number of federal and state sources to inform our analysis. These data are the latest available as of August 2016.
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, describes CommCorp as a “driving force behind making sure more residents acquire the skills, education and training they need to compete for jobs.” For more, read our FY16 Annual Report.
The Job Seeker’s Challenge: The Impact of Online Applications & Assessments
In this brief we share information about the reasons behind the growing use of online applications and pre-hire assessments in hiring (particularly at the entry-level), the format of the applications and strategies to prepare job seekers to complete online applications. This brief grew out of one of the findings from our 2013 study, Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects.