Workforce

Springfield unemployment rate hits 25.3% even as businesses reopen from coronavirus shutdown

“There is a significant amount of dislocation,” said David Cruise, president and CEO of the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. “Particularly in those service industries that are dependent on customers coming into facilities.” Hard hit were workers at MGM Springfield, which reopened to the general public July 13 after a four-month shutdown. Cruise said MassHire…

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MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center – June Virtual Job Expo

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center “June Virtual Job Expo” set for June 22, 23 & 24 Join employers in a Virtual Job Expo Monday, June 22, 9am through Wednesday, June 24, 4pm. This 3-day event is offered FREE to Employers and Job Seekers.  Many employers are hiring in our region. This virtual job fair brings…

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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…

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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…

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Collaboration Rewarded

Collaboration rewarded!  Springfield WORKS leads local employers, educators, community leaders and jobseekers in developing innovative solutions so that together we can meet the economic needs of our residents and our local businesses. A founding member in the Springfield WORKS collaboration, Springfield Partners for Community Action, just received a second $50,000 award from the Baker-Polito Community Services Block…

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