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Reports: Where the Jobs are in MA

March 8, 2010

BOSTON - With the unemployment rate still hovering at around 9 percent in Massachusetts, two new reports released by Crittenton Women's Union (CWU), Boston, show just what types of new jobs are available, as well as some old standbys that have proven to be "recession-proof." One report focuses on just how much a Bay Stater must earn to make ends meet. For a single parent of two, that means an annual income of more than $61,000.

CWU president and CEO Beth Babcock says that while low-skilled, high-paying jobs such as those once found in manufacturing are long gone, growth has occurred on opposite ends of the spectrum.

"We've had growth in low-paying jobs that are very low-skilled, and we've had growth in high-paying jobs that require at least a couple of years of education beyond high school."

State Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) says many of the low-paying jobs do not provide enough income for self-sufficiency. She advises people who may be struggling to look at where the jobs are, find out what kind of education or training they need to get them - and then go for it.

"The emerging trend clearly is in the direction that more and more jobs are requiring higher-education degrees."

Some of the jobs listed in the report that require two years or less of training or education beyond high school are dental hygienist, radiological technician, sales representative for scientific and non-technical products, and correctional officer. Openings for registered nurses topped the list with the highest number of vacancies.

The reports, "Massachusetts Economic Independence Index 2010" and "Hot Jobs 2010," can be found at www.liveworkthrive.org. They will be unveiled at Nurses Hall at the State House, Boston, at 10 a.m. today.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA