The Rapid Response team at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development provides valuable services for businesses that are downsizing and closing. The goal is to avert layoffs and minimize the impact by matching appropriate services to the businesses and affected workers.
We are pleased to report that every year since 2009, fewer companies have needed the Rapid Response team’s help. In FY2009, 400 companies downsized or laid off workers compared with nearly half that number -221 companies in FY2014.
Rapid Response also saw the number of workers laid off in Massachusetts drop from 31,904 in FY2009 to 10,816 layoffs in FY2014. This positive trend reflects a steadily improving economy in Massachusetts where the jobless rate fell to 5.5% in June and we are seeing the highest level of employment in 25 years. Businesses and job seekers should feel encouraged by the improving opportunities in Massachusetts.
Assistance for Businesses and Job Seekers All Year Round
If you are a business owner or executive, check out Mass BizWorks, a program that connects businesses to state and federal resources like tax incentives, training grants, recruitment services, layoff aversion support and more. Learn more or contact a representative at Mass BizWorks to set up an informational session.
If you are a job seeker, please be aware that 33 One-Stop Career Centers located in communities across the state can help you find a job. Last year, 100,000 job seekers who visited a One-Stop Career Center found employment. You can access a variety of services ranging from job search assistance, career counseling, resume-writing workshops, training opportunities and more. Learn more about how One-Stop Career Centers can connect you with jobs.
Lead Poisoning in Adults posted on Oct 22
The Occupational Lead Poisoning Registry is dedicated to reducing the incidence and severity of lead poisoning among Massachusetts workers. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that even at very low levels, such as 5 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl), lead can cause significant health problems.
MA Regulation Requires Contractors to Work Lead-Safe by Preventing the Spread of Lead Dust During Renovation, Repair, and Painting Projects posted on Oct 17
Homes and other structures built before 1978 may contain lead paint. Lead-contaminated dust can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, contractors, and other workers, their families, and even pets.
Your New Voice on National Committee to Create Apprenticeships posted on Sep 12
The Department of Labor (DOL) has appointed David R. Wallace, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships (ACA) chaired by DOL Secretary Thomas Perez to create job-driven career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for American workers. Wallace will join 24 others representing employers, labor unions and workers to help advance the President’s goals of the American apprenticeship initiative.