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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      Job Expo set for Thursday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      A Job Expo featuring dozens of companies is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The winter expo, which generally draws several hundred participants, is sponsored by MassHire Springfield Career Center and Entercom Communications radio stations.

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    11. Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      Veterinary Assistant Training Program - Springfield Technical Community College

      The training prepares students to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices. The veterinary assistant works directly under the supervision of veterinarians and the veterinary technician as they perform procedures, examinations, and treatments.  The veterinary assistant provides basic care for animals, such as feeding and exercising the animals, while learning how to recognize signs of illness and disease, performing laboratory procedures, interacting with clients, and performing general office procedures. Veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.

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    12. Report Details Region’s Workforce Needs — and How to Meet Them

      Report Details Region’s Workforce Needs — and How to Meet Them

      Healthcare. Education. Advanced manufacturing. In any conversation about the economic character of the Pioneer Valley — both its rich past and promising future — those three sectors would be high on the list of key factors. Indeed, a late-2018 report produced by the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board and the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board calls them ‘priority industries,’ meaning the most important to the region’s economic success, and they form the basis of a comprehensive ‘labor-market blueprint’ which aims to narrow workforce talent gaps and help companies — and the overall economy — grow.

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    13. TWO Offers ‘Team Building Through Culinary’ Program

      TWO Offers ‘Team Building Through Culinary’ Program

      Eighteen employees from four different area hotels competed last month in a friendly, Chopped-style culinary competition at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute designed to enhance their professional development. The participants, all management-level employees from the BK Investment Hotel Group, took part in a new one-day, four-hour program called “Team Building Through Culinary,” offered by Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a collaboration between Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.

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    14. Asphalt Academy at STCC Paves the Way to Construction Careers

      Asphalt Academy at STCC Paves the Way to Construction Careers

      Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) plans to open a mobile lab on campus to meet a demand in the construction industry for trained asphalt technicians and inspectors. Students will train in the mobile lab as they pursue certification as hot-mix asphalt plant technicians and hot-mix asphalt paving inspectors. The jet-black lab, which resembles a boxcar without wheels, is located next to a civil engineering technology classroom on the STCC campus. The college plans to offer courses in 2020. The program is designed for students without prior asphalt training

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    15. United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel announced it has been named one of  the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business owners. The list, published in the Boston Globe, was developed based on revenue, number of full-time employees in the state, team diversity, and innovation. The rankings feature a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, business services, healthcare, education, human services, and retail. United Personnel was number 75 on the list, and was one of only two companies based in Western Mass. represented.

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    16. MassHire Springfield Career Center plans move

      MassHire Springfield Career Center plans move

      MassHire Springfield Career Center, which used to be known as FutureWorks until a statewide rebranding last year, is moving to 95 Liberty St., near the post office and Union Station. MassHire will move out of its offices in the Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park on Saturday, Dec 14, and open in the new location on Wednesday, Dec 18.

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    17. Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      The third annual Military and Veterans Job Fair attracted dozens of regional employers and a steady stream of applicants at the War Memorial Building on Friday. Applicants met with major employers, including Amazon, MGM-Springfield, Gulfstream, Baystate Health Systems, U.S. Postal Service, University of Massachusetts Amherst, General Dynamics, Hazen Paper and Hood.

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    18. Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      An aging baby boomer labor force, and lack of qualified younger workers to replace them, appears to be holding back the Massachusetts economy, but economists with MassBenchmarks are not warning of a recession.  The state’s economy contracted two-tenths of a percentage point in the third quarter, according to the most recent report from MassBenchmarks, part of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in Hadley.

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    19. CRRC MA Job Fair 10/26/2019 Tickets, Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

      CRRC MA Job Fair 10/26/2019 Tickets, Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

      With MBTA Orange and red line car production underway at CRRC MA’s rail car manufacturing facility and the corporation’s other contract with Philadelphia’s SEPTA soon to begin we are seeking approx. 30 union production workers.  We are working closely with David Cruise, unions, and the educational institutions to recruit locally.

      Hiring to continue throughout 2020. 

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