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.