This research report uses data from the 2000 and 1990 Censuses to track developments in median income for New Hampshire families over the past two decades. Among its key findings is that the typical New Hampshire family, which enjoyed above average real income growth over the 1980s, struggled to keep ahead of the increases in
Through a detailed analysis of IRS migration data and Census 2000, we offer the definitive look at who has been moving in and out of Massachusetts during the last dozen years. While the numbers show us how the Bay State has changed in the recent past, they also herald a future that may surprise you.
The new research finds that the path to economic success for Massachusetts families and workers is narrow and unforgiving, and those who stumble pay dearly. The report argues that the difficulty today in obtaining, or holding onto, a reasonably secure middle-class standard of living is the result of fundamental changes in the “recipe” for achieving
Adult Education's Key Role in Sustaining Economic Growth and Expanding Opportunity
According to this new groundbreaking report from MassINC, more than a third (1.1 million) of Massachusetts’s 3.2 million workers are ill equipped to meet the demands of the state’s rapidly changing economy. This threatens the state’s ability to sustain the current economic boom and traps the workers themselves in jobs with little opportunity to advance.
Training the Commonwealth's Workers for the New Economy
With the recent passage of the Workforce Investment Act in Washington, states have more freedom than ever before to set their own objectives in job training policy and pursue creative new ways to reach their goals. While the new federal policy doesn’t force states to comprehensively reform themselves, it does loosen the reigns so that
Immigrants and the New Economy in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts economy may be booming, but have you ever wondered where local companies, large and small, are finding their new employees? The answer will surprise you. The Changing Workforce, a joint research project of MassINC and Citizens Bank, discovered that since the mid-1980s foreign immigrants, not native-born workers, account for an astounding 82 percent
Emerging Threats to the Massachusetts Economy
The report includes detailed analysis on the economic condition of workers and families in Massachusetts, the soaring costs of housing and the state’s high personal tax burden, the state’s slow labor force growth rates, the troubling out-migration of young, college-educated workers to other states, the growing trends of income inequality across families and across regions,
25 Years of State Economic Policy
Are you interested in cutting through the partisan rhetoric about the state’s role in economic policy? Would you like to know what some of the state’s most experienced policy-makers–from both parties–would say about economic policy if you could get them around a table working as a group? If so, you’ll be fascinated by this report–the
Raising Skills to Raise Wages
This report is a primer on the three vital rungs of our state’s workforce development system: adult basic education, job training programs, and our community college system. It received widespread media coverage, and is now inspiring numerous efforts to improve the state’s disparate efforts to empower citizens to improve their education and skill levels. Here
MassINC’s first policy report asked the region’s best labor market economists one simple question: what has happened to families in New England economically over the past 15 years? Their answers provide reams of useful information for any candidate for office. Want to know the median family income in Massachusetts in 1979, 1989 and 1996? Want