Career Centers working to help the unemployed

The state unemployment rate fell to 5.1% in January

BOSTON (WWLP) – People from Regional Career Centers visited the State House to push for more funding and to help the unemployed find work.

The state unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in January, the lowest it’s been in seven years. Although some people are finding work, there are still more than 180-thousand people currently looking for a job.

Representatives from Career Centers across Massachusetts met with state lawmakers to push for $5-million in funding. The organizations help connect the unemployed with workforce training and career opportunities.

If you’re hunting for a job, Franklin Hampshire Career Center’s Patricia Crosby said health care and advanced manufacturing are two sectors that are hiring, but require specialized training. She said, “Manufacturing would definitely be one of them. Their companies are smaller, they’re more nimble, and they employ fewer people than in the old days because of the level of technology they have access to.”

Technology has shaped today’s job market. Career Centers are urging those who have been laid off to update their skills through workforce training.

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