6:55 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Hugh Johnson's Outlook For 2014 And 2015; Forecast Update

A new analysis measures the health of the economy: the report offers an optimistic outlook for the next two years.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

"Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching And Unemployment Experiences" By Ofer Sharone


  Today 4.7 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. In France more than ten percent of the working population is without work. In Israel it’s above seven percent. And in Greece and Spain, that number approaches thirty percent. Across the developed world, the experience of unemployment has become frighteningly common—and so are the seemingly endless tactics that job seekers employ in their quest for new work.

Flawed System/Flawed Self delves beneath these staggering numbers to explore the world of job searching and unemployment across class and nation.

New England News
3:44 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Summer Jobs Program Looking For Employers

Kyreem Kynard, community activist and youth mentor spoke at the kick off to the summer youth jobs campaign 2013
Credit WAMC

Facing what experts predict will be the toughest youth job market in 40 years, a summer youth jobs campaign was launched on Wednesday in western Massachusetts.

A workforce development agency announced a goal of securing 1,000 jobs this summer for youth in Hampden County, a number only slightly higher than the 945 jobs created for young people last year.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon April 22, 2013

"The Lawyer Bubble" by Steven Harper

    According to lawyer, Steven Harper, a noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding.

Harper joins us to talk about The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis .

New England News
12:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Massachusetts Community Colleges To Train Casino Workers

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While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission does not expect to award the first casino license in  the state until a year from now, plans are underway to start training people to fill the thousands of jobs the new gaming industry promises.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Massachusetts' "New Economy" Ranks First in Nation

Massachusetts has once again been recognized as the number one state in the US for its “New Economy.” WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 10, 2012

"Back to Full Employment" by Robert Pollin

Full employment used to be an explicit goal of economic policy in most of the industrialized world. Some countries even achieved it. In Back to Full Employment, economist Robert Pollin argues that the United States--today faced with its highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression--should put full employment back on the agenda.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:10 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Question of the Day - Job Creation?

How would you create more jobs in our region?

New England News
7:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Berkshire Mayors Put Focus on Aging Workers

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright reads a proclamation declaring the week of September 24th to be Employ Older Workers Week.
Lucas Willard WAMC

The Mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are encouraging employers in Berkshire County to recognize National Employ Older Workers Week. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from North Adams, where a proclamation was signed today.

Roger Suters, Director of Community Services at Berkshire Elder Services says that for Berkshire County, the loss of manufacturing jobs has pushed much of the younger work force out. Now, he says, the percentage of workers over the age of 55 in the area is 21%.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Hiring Assurances Sought From Potential Casino Operators

       Casino operators are promising thousands of jobs will be created when a resort casino project comes to western Massachusetts.  Labor leaders are working to guarantee construction jobs go only to union workers. A civil rights leader is seeking assurances that jobs will be plentiful for people of color. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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