The city of Springfield Massachusetts put its casino competition on hold Wednesday. The move came one day after the state’s top gambling industry regulators raised questions about the city’s casino selection process.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  The city of Springfield finds itself the center  of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.  Questions are being raised about the  casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

City of Springfield

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has outlined a process he intends to follow to evaluate competing proposals from casino operators anxious to build high end gaming, entertainment and hotel complexes in the city.  It’s a process that will lead to a binding voter referendum this Spring.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   The Massachusetts Legislature during the course of its just concluded two year session passed some key measures affecting businesses. On the whole the session was seen as beneficial to the state’s business climate.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

A jobs training program aimed at the so-called “skills gap” is being launched in western Massachusetts.  It’s a new effort to help the unemployed acquire the skills needed to land a job in the growing field of precision manufacturing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

    The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill designed to spur economic development and create jobs.  It should also provide a boost to the national research profile for the University of Massachusetts flagship Amherst campus.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

      Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of  getting a  bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration.  Opponents are pushing a  new  argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The Massachusetts economy,  which had been growing at a much faster rate than the nation’s as a whole is showing signs of slowing.  Experts believe the Baystate is being buffeted by forces beyond its borders.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   A new report from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Tuesday, said seasonally unadjusted  unemployment rates  rose in a majority of the state’s 22  local labor markets in June, reflecting a statewide slow down in permanent hiring.

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers.  The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


A new report highlights the  30 fold growth in solar power in Massachusetts in just five years. The report ,released Tuesday, by an  environmental advocacy group ranks each of the state’s cities and towns for solar power development.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports


                Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home.  Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


New England's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in May and is near its lowest level since January 2009.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday the jobless rate in the region was 6.8 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in April. Officials say it has fallen 1.1 by percent in the last year.

The national rate is 8.2 percent.

Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11 percent, and the second highest in the United States. Nevada's is 11.6 percent.

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 York’s economic recovery continues to add jobs around the state.As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the upward trend has the private sector looking for more employees…

The State Labor Department says New York’s private sector continues steady growth while the labor force expands at a rapid pace:

Capital Region labor Market Analyst James Ross says that the latest numbers show that New York's private sector job count now stands at 7,321,400 – an all-time high. 

Massachusetts has spent over $300 million in the last four years to boost the life sciences industry with administration officials insisting the initiative has been a great success.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

           Patrick administration officials say the life sciences initiative has so far lured dozens of new companies to the state, and led existing ones to expand.   Brian Jamele of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center says the public money that was spent leveraged almost $1 billion in private investment.

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

The top economic development officials from Massachusetts and Connecticut met on Tuesday to talk about collaborative efforts.  The focus is on the Hartford-Springfield region, which has been dubbed-“The Knowledge Corridor”.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Economic Development and Housing Secretary Gregory Bialecki.

We speak with Enrico Moretti about The New Geography of Jobs.

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.

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.


Hoping to reverse what has been called a lost decade of employment for
young people, officials in western Massachusetts have launched a youth
summer jobs campaign.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

        Saying that government funded youth summer jobs programs will
not come close to meeting the demand, workforce development specialists,
and the mayors of the region's two largest cities appealed to the
private sector to offer work to teenagers this summer.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the rounds of upstate New York college campuses to promote legislation to help veterans get education and training needed for civilian jobs.

Her schedule Monday includes stops at Syracuse University, Nazareth College in Rochester, and D'Youville College in Buffalo.

Joining us to talk job hunting and careers is Tom Denham - head of Careers in Transition LLC - a career counseling firm based in Albany, New York, and Bob Frederick - Coordinator of Career and Employment Services at Schenectady County Community College. Today we focus on building your own personal career brand. It's the Career Forum on Vox Pop, hosted by Ray Graf.

About 200 people are expected to lose their jobs when TD Bank closes a customer call center in Springfield at the end of the year.

The workers learned at a meeting Tuesday night that the 24/7 customer support center will close in December as part of a decision to consolidate call centers to locations in Maine, New Jersey and South Carolina.

The branch at the location will remain open.

Bank spokesman Jimmy Hernandez tells WWLP-TV it was a difficult decision and did not reflect job performance.

President Barack Obama is contrasting himself with congressional Republicans by saying they have blocked his job creation plans. He says now is not the time for inaction. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more...

Obama was speaking at a college science complex in New York to draw attention to proposals he has been pushing before Congress since last September. His appeal comes as millions of Americans remain out of work and as thousands have given up looking for work.

Retirement on the Line

Apr 24, 2012

We welcome Caitrin Lynch and speak with her about her book, Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory .

A new economic report is painting a much brighter picture of job growth in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

MassBenchmarks released an analysis on Wednesday showing that the state appeared to have added 38,900 jobs during the first nine months of 2011. That compares with a revised estimate issued last month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed Massachusetts only gained 2,300 jobs during the same period - a figure that had been questioned by Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials.

VT Governor Promises to Bring Jobs to Bennington

Apr 4, 2012

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is promising to work with municipal officials and business owners to bring new jobs to the Bennington area.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Shumlin spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by the Bennington County Regional Commission.

He says long-term improvements in infrastructure, education and a renewed focus on agriculture will increase the number of jobs and lead to wage increases for employees who have suffered from stagnant earnings.