Economy

New England News
3:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Report Finds Military Bases Have Huge Impact On Massachusetts Economy

An F15 Jet at Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield,MA
WAMC

A new report details  the  huge impact existing military bases have on the economy in Massachusetts.  The report was prepared as part of an effort to save the state’s six military installations from federal cuts.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

 

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The Roundtable
9:20 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Question of the Day - Winner of 2012 Presidential Election Won't Influence the Economy?

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll when it comes to the economy, half of Americans say it won't matter much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins.

What do you think?

More on the poll here.

New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hope Seen For Small Business Growth

A hotel construction project stalled for five years is starting in Chicopee MA
WAMC

Leading economists say there is considerable uncertainty weighing heavily on the economic outlook for Massachusetts. But, for now, the state’s economy is doing comparatively well with signs of confidence in the future for small businesses.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Massachusetts Officials Present Job Growth Plan

Patrick Administration officials are introducing a long term economic development plan at a series of meetings across the state with local government and business leaders.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

            The plan focuses on workforce development, nurturing  the innovation economy, and empowering communities to develop their local economies.  State Representative Joseph Wagner of Chicopee who chairs the Joint Committee on  Economic Development and Emerging Technologies says local leaders had a say in developing the plan and now have a roll to implement it.

New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls In May

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to six percent in May, down from 6.3 percent in April.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The Real Crash

We speak with Peter Schiff about his new book, The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy---How to Save Yourself and Your Country.

Segment from the audio book courtesy of Macmillan Audio.

New England News
8:14 am
Fri May 18, 2012

MA Adds Jobs for Fifth Straight Month

The Massachusetts economy added jobs for a fifth straight month and the unemployment rate in April fell to its lowest level in 3 ½ years.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The April unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to 6.3 percent as the state added 2,500 jobs according to a report from the state office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Led by the high tech sector, the state’s economy has been recovering from the Great Recession faster than the nation’s as a whole. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Jobs Bill Would Provide Funds For Research Grants At UMass

The Democratic leadership in the Massachusetts House has
unveiled a bill to promote job growth.  The proposals would help launch
new innovative businesses, and also expand the state's manufacturing
sector.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:26 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Stephen Gottlieb: Can we Learn from the Euro Zone?

 

Sometimes it’s easier to see the problems abroad than it is at home. And that may be true of the Euro zone. As we all know, there have been a series of agreements bailing out Greece on the condition that Greece make very large cuts in its own budget. And it hasn’t worked. Why not? Shouldn’t cutting back have rejuvenated the Greek economy?

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New York News
7:14 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Obama to Visit Albany High-Tech Center with Cuomo

President Barack Obama in Burlington VT
WAMC

President Barack Obama is preparing to deliver a speech on the economy that will use the backdrop of a high-technology facility in Albany that grew out of a partnership with private enterprise and bipartisanship.

Beside him through much of Tuesday's visit will be Governor Andrew Cuomo. In his campaign in 2010, Cuomo made jobs and the economy part of his "new Democrat" theme. Cuomo has also shows a Democratic executive can work closely with Republicans, something the president has struggled with in Washington.

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