JAC meeting finds job picture strong in Somerville

On July 3, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Mayor Curtatone joined Alderman at Large Bruce Desmond in reporting on the state of the city’s job market and steps that would be taken to enhance employment opportunities across the board.

Mayor Curtatone joined Alderman at Large Bruce Desmond in reporting on the state of the city’s job market and steps that would be taken to enhance employment opportunities across the board.

By Cathleen Twardzik

At a recent Somerville Jobs Advisory Committee (JAC) meeting, Mayor Curtatone and Bruce Desmond, Alderman At Large and JAC Chair, presented the formal findings and recommendations about which the committee decided.  In 2012, the mayor convened that action, assessing and examining the landscape of the local job market, as well as the workforce development system within the city of Somerville.

The findings of the report focused on the fact that at present, the workforce landscape is as follows: since 2005, the total number of jobs on the local level has stayed steady. The City of Somerville has enjoyed a low unemployment rate, which has been at about four percent in recent months, which is lower than national and state averages.

In addition, the young labor force makes up 60 percent of the workforce and the individuals whom are included in that category range between the ages 18 and 34. The educated labor force, all of which have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, comprises 52 percent of it.

“Our local workforce and jobs picture is strong,” said John Harding, a Senior Analyst in SomerStat and Staff Liaison to the JAC.

It must be noted that challenges exist. There is a higher unemployment rate for residents with the equivalent of a high school diploma, as well as for seniors.

“Many workforce development services and programs exist, but the system is very complex,” said Harding.

The JAC’s recommendations include improving workforce readiness, as well as promoting and synchronizing workforce development efforts by regional and local networks and partnerships. It is essential to “maximize the social return on workforce funding resources,” and to connect residents to the business community.

“The goal of the meeting was to convey key report findings and policy recommendations, and gather feedback from the audience.  The audience was largely comprised of members of the press, regional workforce development practitioners, members of the local business community, local nonprofits/service providers and city staff/officials,” Harding said.

“The primary next step is for Mayor Curtatone and city staff from the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and other departments to continue reviewing, weighing and prioritizing the broad menu of policy recommendations and potential implementation strategies,” according to Harding.

The types of jobs available in Somerville that could result because of this meeting is not definitive.

“At the outset of the JAC, the decision was made to remain neutral when it comes to specific job types and/or growth areas,” said Harding. “Instead, inquiry activities looked at bigger picture policy measures that would help continue building and supporting a strong jobs base and local workforce.”

 

 

3 Responses to “JAC meeting finds job picture strong in Somerville”

  1. freedomofthepeople says:

    “Our local workforce and jobs picture is strong,” said John Harding, a Senior Analyst in SomerStat and Staff Liaison to the JAC.The findings of the report focused on the fact that at present, the workforce landscape is as follows: since 2005, the total number of jobs on the local level has stayed steady. The City of Somerville has enjoyed a low unemployment rate, which has been at about four percent in recent months, which is lower than national and state averagesThe real truth is that the job picture if you work for the city is glum, he has fired most of the hard working men and women in the DPW.There replacements have been from non union privite. co. that abuse and take advantage of the same people you progressives want to help,the problem is that more money is wasted trying to figure out how to save nickles and dimes,all the while you are paying outragous salaries to people like the person above far to many of them instead of workers to give you the services you deserve ,not a private company who could care less.The mayors salary in it self is totaly overboard when you know that the city is only four square miles,he is the tip of the iceberg,if they would put out what some people are making your eyeballs would pop out.This is the new democrat aka republican philosophy that is sweeping our nation and it starts with you in the municipality all the way to Washington DC.The pols. are taking what they can ,what ever happened to public service as a way to make your neighborhoods flourish,instead of what can I get as an elected official. I have the power over the same people that keep electing me,I would say its about taking care of the people who can put me in power and keep me there ,not about what my job is to provide the people with public service,gone.The people of Somerville can choose there path go back to the old days of the WINTERHILL GANG AND HOWIE WINTERS OR Gennaro Angiulo BOTH MOBSTERS WORKED TOGETHER IN THE DAY along with WHITEY BULGER who is on trial now or we can move forward and start thinking on who we are electing,and have our city prosper.

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  2. freedomforthepeople says:

    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy.I think it is shameful that the mayor could not practice this all that comes out of his mouth is for ego,selfgratification and fooling you the tax payers and voters of the city,as all his administration does is figure out how to use loop holes in the laws to take care of his friends the developers and consultants and lets not forget the inner circle of friends that are now adding up to be the majority of your city employees at high rates of pay.JFK. use to say we are not in this for the money but to be the best public servant we can be and give back to our communities,he would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what the city of somerville was and is doing, the all american city who are you fooling by the way tax dollars were used for that as well.

  3. Lee Elmont says:

    Don’t forget that Mayor Joe was for Unions before he was against them. He was for retirees before he was against them. He was for Civil Service before he was against it.

    He was for all of this when he ran for Mayor. Now he has the power and the machine and you are stuck with him.

    But perhaps looming on the horizon is destiny. Be patient. The best is yet to come.

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