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.
MA Minimum Wage is $9.00/hour January 1, 2015 posted on Dec 15
Massachusetts enacted the first state minimum wage law over 100 years ago on June 4, 1912. Thanks to the efforts of many committed individuals, businesses, and elected leaders at every level including the Governor, we have reason to celebrate again the Commonwealth’s lead when it comes to fair treatment of workers. Massachusetts now has the highest enacted state minimum wage set for $11.00 on January 1, 2017.
U.S. Renews Agreement to Help MA Combat Underground Economy posted on Nov 28
US Labor Secretary Tom Perez has renewed a three year agreement to help Massachusetts recover unpaid wages, back taxes unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties from employers who engage in fraudulent labor practices like misclassifying workers. The initiative commits the Department of Labor and the IRS to work with the Massachusetts Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) which, since its inception, has collected nearly $56 million from unscrupulous businesses.
New Customer Service Feature: What Claimants and Employers Are Saying about UI Online posted on Nov 25
A year after launching its web based Unemployment Insurance system “UI Online”, the Department of Unemployment Services (DUA) embarked on an ambitious customer service initiative to solicit feedback from claimants and employers who used the new technology. UI is a critical safety net for someone …Continue Reading New Customer Service Feature: What Claimants and Employers Are Saying about UI Online