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    1. Questions Persist About Labor Market and When Things Might Turn Around - BusinessWest

      Questions Persist About Labor Market and When Things Might Turn Around - BusinessWest

      For months now, business owners and elected officials have pinned the region’s mounting labor woes and all those ‘help wanted’ signs on too-generous federal unemployment assistance. Now that those benefits have expired for more than 3 million Americans, we’ll soon find out just how much of a factor those benefits were. Many involved in economic development and workforce matters say the problem has much deeper roots and that it might be some time before there is a return to anything approaching normal — whatever that is.

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    2. Western Mass Job Trail

      Western Mass Job Trail

      The EDC has partnered with the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, to launch a regional in-person job fair called the Western Mass Job Trails.  The Western Mass Job Trail will be held on September 8th and September 15th with the goal to support hiring needs through a seamless hiring process.  The initiative comes at no cost to you - we ask for active participation to meet with potential candidates during designated time blocks on both dates.  (10am - 1pm and/or 2pm - 5pm). 

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    3. Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair

      Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair

      The MassHire: Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair is being held on an online platform, Premier Virtual, that allows job seekers to interact with employers through a visit to their virtual booth, instant message or video chat, view job openings and submit resumes. Click here for a preview and see how easy it is! Details for Premier platform training being held prior to event, is included in your confirmation email upon completed registration.

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    4. Springfield’s United Personnel Services sells to Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions

      Springfield’s United Personnel Services sells to Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions

      Worcester-based Masis Staffing Solutions, which does business in 18 states, has purchased United Personnel Services of Springfield. United Personnel’s President Patricia Canavan and Chief Financial Officer Dave Mazzucco will join the Masis executive team, the companies said Tuesday. Canavan, daughter of founders Mary Ellen Scott and the late Jay Canavan, said United has been collaborating with Masis. They’ve helped United recruit for a large client in Chelmsford, and United has helped Masis recruit in Western Massachusetts and in Connecticut.

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    5. House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      House Earmarks $50,000 for New Manufacturing Program at HCC

      State Rep. Patricia Duffy announced that $50,000 has been earmarked in the House fiscal-year 2022 budget to seed the development and implementation of a new Manufacturing Training Program at Holyoke Community College (HCC). “Holyoke employers need a trained workforce, and Holyoke constituents need career-track jobs,” Duffy said. “I’m thrilled to see these local assets of our population and our historical manufacturing base come together and build on each other.”

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    6. COVID-19 Takes Significant Toll on Women in the Workforce

      COVID-19 Takes Significant Toll on Women in the Workforce

      In 2020, the same year a record number of women were elected to Congress and the first woman was elected vice president, COVID-19 had a devastating and potentially permanent impact on women in the workforce. The percentage of women participating in the U.S. labor market in October 2020 was the lowest since 1988, and of the 9.8 million jobs that have not yet returned, 55% belong to women. In one year, COVID-19 wiped out a generation of progress and put the precariousness of being a woman in the modern American workplace into stark perspective.

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    7. Kristin Carlson of Peerless Precision is elected Chairperson of the State Of Massachusetts Workforce Training Funds Advisory Board

      Kristin Carlson of Peerless Precision is elected Chairperson of the State Of Massachusetts Workforce Training Funds Advisory Board

      Congratulations to our Peerless Leader, Kristin Carlson,for being elected as Chairperson of the State of Massachusetts Workforce Training Funds Advisory Board! The Workforce Training Fund Program helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to fund training for current and newly hired employees. The Workforce Training Fund is for businesses of all sizes, but its major focus is small to medium-sized businesses.

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    8. Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs to Boost Internet Connectivity

      Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs to Boost Internet Connectivity

      During a visit to Springfield on Jan. 5, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced new programs to boost internet connectivity statewide, including a subsidy program to assist job seekers in the MassHire system that are facing a technology barrier. In addition, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the MassTech Collaborative will expand a wi-fi hotspot program statewide, delivering free, high-speed access points to gateway cities, helping expand internet accessibility in areas hard-hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    9. Cartamundi Has Immediate Employment Opportunities in East Longmeadow

      Cartamundi Has Immediate Employment Opportunities in East Longmeadow

      Cartamundi, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of playing cards, collectible cards, card games, and board games, and owner of U.S Playing Cards, has announced it has immediate employment opportunities at its East Longmeadow facility. The job openings available range from entry-level to skilled worker opportunities. A full list of open positions is available at cartamundi.com/us/en/careers. The job openings are in preparation of significantly increased demand for board and card games during the upcoming fourth-quarter holiday season. Cartamundi is the manufacturer of many iconic board games, including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, and Magic: The Gathering, and ...

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    10. Springfield unemployment rate hits 25.3% even as businesses reopen from coronavirus shutdown

      Springfield unemployment rate hits 25.3% even as businesses reopen from coronavirus shutdown

      “There is a significant amount of dislocation,” said David Cruise, president and CEO of the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. “Particularly in those service industries that are dependent on customers coming into facilities.” Hard hit were workers at MGM Springfield, which reopened to the general public July 13 after a four-month shutdown. Cruise said MassHire career centers in Holyoke, Springfield, Northampton and Greenfield have all pivoted toward an online system of helping people file for unemployment benefits and look for work without necessarily meeting in person.

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    11. New unemployment claims fall as Massachusetts economy recovers from coronavirus - masslive.com

      New unemployment claims fall as Massachusetts economy recovers from coronavirus - masslive.com

      Fewer Massachusetts workers are losing their jobs, according to new numbers out Thursday from federal labor officials.  Massachusetts reported 27,174 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ending May 3 — that’s down from 37,740 in the previous week and 38,332 for the week before that.  More than 900,000 unemployment claims have been filed in Massachusetts since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders meant to arrest its spread.

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    12. Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Hcc, Stcc Announce Small-business Resource Series

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will jointly host a series of online workshops in June and July for area employers who want to explore programs, services, and grant-funded workforce-training opportunities to boost their small businesses. Each of the three, 45-minute remote sessions will meet from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and focus on a different government funding source.

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    13. Western Massachusetts recovery depends on working together (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts recovery depends on working together (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      Now more than ever, it is clear that our region’s economic recovery depends on working together.  Here in Western Massachusetts, there is an effort known as Springfield WORKS that has been bringing together employers, educators, community leaders and job seekers so that together we can figure out how to meet the economic needs of our residents and our local businesses.

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    14. UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans

      UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans

      Findings by the University of Massachusetts Amherst career development office provide modestly encouraging news for new job seekers. The numbers nonetheless reflect the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring. They paint a picture of jobs becoming available, but delayed in many situations as companies use staff for remote work or, in some cases, freeze hiring. According to Career Development and Professional Connections findings, 80 percent of employers in April said they were honoring full-time offers, though some said they have delayed start dates. A follow-up survey in May showed that 52.6% said they had no plan to ...

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    15. MGM Springfield: Nearly 1,900 layoffs possible this summer due to coronavirus

      MGM Springfield: Nearly 1,900 layoffs possible this summer due to coronavirus

      MGM Springfield told state labor officials this month that it will lay off as many as 1,887 employees at the end of August after their temporary furloughs necessitated by the coronavirus emergency come to an end. MGM Springfield filed a notice May 5 with the state under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act. The state made the notice public Monday. The two-year-old resort in the South End had just more than 2,000 employees this winter, short of the 3,000 employees MGM Resorts International promised state regulators it would hire when campaigning for the licence.

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    16. Coronavirus brings ‘full stop economy’ to Massachusetts; 4% of workforce files for unemployment in 1st week of shutdown

      Coronavirus brings ‘full stop economy’ to Massachusetts; 4% of workforce files for unemployment in 1st week of shutdown

      Earlier this year, employees at Massachusetts job centers were working with schools on training programs and helping companies fill what had been an insatiable need for more workers. Now they’re helping the newly laid off file for unemployment insurance benefits.

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    17. Coronavirus has Amazon hiring in Holyoke, across US; job centers see help wanted notices from manufacturers, trucking firms

      Coronavirus has Amazon hiring in Holyoke, across US; job centers see help wanted notices from manufacturers, trucking firms

      Online retailer Amazon said it is hiring 1,400 people in Massachusetts as part of its plan to add 100,000 jobs across the country to deal with a spike in demand driven by the coronavirus. That includes the new Holyoke distribution center, said Katelyn Chesley, public relations specialist for Amazon operations. Amazon is raising its starting wage to $17 per hour. This is an additional $2 per hour worked through April from its current rate of $15 per hour.

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    18. Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      The advanced manufacturing companies in Massachusetts’ West Region are primarily small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are part of a supply chain that is primarily engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class technology development.

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    19. MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center held a grand opening celebration at its new facility on Jan. 14. Located on the third floor of 95 Liberty St., the larger space better serves job seekers and business customers, due to more efficient flow of people through the space, improved meeting rooms, an upgraded computer lab, increased internet speed, and better wi-fi coverage.

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