1. Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

    Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

    The current unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 4.2 percent, but in Springfield it’s almost double that with nearly 4,900 people unemployed. One executive office is working to change this. Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta told 22News that workforce development is a major component to the regions economic success.. Acosta told 22News skill gaps often make finding the perfect candidate difficult. But through workforce training grants and apprenticeship programs, she said people will be given the tools they need to succeed in the workplace. “Right now we’ve got about 9,000 apprentices in the ...

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    1. Right now we've got about 9,000 apprentices in the state of Massachusetts but mostly just in the building trades.
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