May 2017 - In This Issue:
After eight years at the GLWDB Gail Brown, our Director, retired on March 31st. Gail led the GLWDB through the beginning stages of the transition to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the successful procurement of the One Stop Career Center and the certification of the GLWDB. Gail was highly regarded amongst her peers and will be missed.

The search for her replacement is ongoing and we hope to make an announcement soon!
The W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research recently reported on the National Impact of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.

MassEcon and the UMass Donahue Institute published a report on the location decision-making of Massachusetts businesses.

Labor Market Snapshot
On May 1, 2017 the Top 5 Greater Lowell Employers with job openings are:
  1. Kronos
  2. Raytheon
  3. Sigma-Aldrich
  4. Merck
  5. UMass-Lowell
The Top 5 Job Titles are:
  1. Software Engineer
  2. Customer Service Rep.
  3. Administrative Assistant
  4. Senior Software Engineer
  5. Registered Nurse
For more information view the CEB TalentNeuron report.
Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts released  the latest Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment numbers for March 2017 .   In the Greater Lowell Area 155,515  workers were in the labor force, of which 149,380  were employed and 6,135   were unemployed.  The unemployment rate was 3.9 % , down 0.3% from the previous month .

Statewide, in March, the largest over-the-month job gains occurred in the Financial Activities and Professional, Scientific and Business Services sectors.

Nationally, total non-farm payroll employment rose by 98,000 in March. The unemployment rate was little changed at 4.5%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains Professional and Business Services and Mining.
Did You Know?
Words Pack a Punch in Online Job Recruiting
Do the words that employers use in writing and developing job announcements help attract quality applicants? That is, what kind of punch do their words pack?  The U.S. Department of Labor has reviewed  a paper by Ioana Marinescu and Ronald Wolthoff, "Opening the black box of the matching function: the power of words" (National Bureau of Economic Research, working paper no. 22508). Read more here.
Massachusetts Job Quest
May 1, 2017

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GLWDB Updates
GLWDB Quarterly Meeting
On March 31, 2017 the GLWDB held its Quarterly Meeting, which was also Director Gail Brown's last day with the board. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-3rd) was the featured speaker.

(Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and GLWDB Director Gail Brown)

Congresswoman Tsongas presented Director Gail Brown with a citation and a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Connecting Activities Youth Job Fair 
On April 27, 2017 more than 400 youth and 62 employers attended the annual Connecting Activities Youth Job Fair at Lowell High School. 

Students from around the region met with employers in the food service, healthcare, manufacturing and banking sectors. Many students were interviewed and hired before they left the fair.

City of Lowell Mayor Edward Kennedy, Head of Lowell High School Brian Martin, and Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board Chair Raymond Wrobel welcomed employers and students to the fair and thanked them for their support and participation.

Latest Round of Advanced Manufacturing Graduates
Eighteen students recently received certificates in Machining and Electronics during a graduation ceremony for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program held recently on the Lowell campus of Middlesex Community College.

The training was funded through a partnership between the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium and the region's education and workforce organizations, including the GLWDB and the Career Center of Lowell.

(Photo courtesy of Middlesex Community College)

The Career Center of Lowell hosted a job fair for the graduates. Twenty  employers attended the job fair and 14 of the 18 graduates are employed currently with an average wage of  $16.86 an hour. Career Center of Lowell staff provided work readiness, resume development and job fair preparation workshops at Greater Lowell Technical High School, another program partner.

Young Adult Summer Employment
The Career Center of Lowell Young Adult Summer Employment Program staff began distributing and collecting applications in April. Based on current funding sources, over 200 jobs will be available for low-income, at-risk youth. Youth are placed in local municipal, non-profit and community-based organizations; as well as private sector employers. Our youth employment program provides valuable assistance to employers during the summer.

Manufacturing Pipeline Initiatives
Funded by grants from MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the GLWDB and the Career Center of Lowell have been working to fill the pipeline for jobs with advanced manufacturing employers in the region. Outreach to local high school guidance counselors and their students, adult education programs and neighborhood groups will help raise awareness of the above-average wages, training programs and employment opportunities for machinists and electronics equipment assemblers. The manufacturing sector accounts for 17.3% of all employment in the Greater Lowell region.

Quality Training Opportunity
The Career Center of Lowell is hosting information sessions on May 24 and 31 for individuals to learn more about quality assurance/quality control training programs. Please visit the career center's website for more information.


GLWDB & Career C enter of Lowell Events
  • May 25, 2017 - GLWDB Workforce Issues Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 107 Merrimack Street 3rd Floor,  Lowell, MA, 01852
  • June 6, 2017 - GLWDB Executive Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 107 Merrimack Street 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA, 01852
  • June 15, 2017 - GLWDB Quarterly Meeting, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA, 01852
  • July 27, 2017 - GLWDB Workforce Issues Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 107 Merrimack Street 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA, 01852

Greater Lowell Events
  • May 17, 2017  - W.I.S.E  Annual Breakfast,
    7:30 a.m.  to  9:00 a.m. Vesper Country Club, 185 Pawtucket Boulevard, Tyngsborough, MA, 01879
Shannon Norton                                                       Raymond Wrobel
Interim Director                                                                    Chairman