A new study finds significant social, demographic and regional disparity associated with youth employment in Western Massachusetts. Mark Melnik, director of the UMass Donahue Institute, shares what concerns him the most about the findings.
For the first time since the Great Recession ended in 2009, the numbers show that western Massachusetts is seeing a decline in individuals seeking food assistance.
An economic forecast released this week by the New England Economic Partnership shows the 6-state region slowly recovering from the recession.
Since the 2010 census, the Massachusetts population has grown by 1.5%, or nearly 100,000 people. That puts the state almost on par with population growth across the country.