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Job losses, gains for region

From 2010 to 2020 the labor forces of Hampshire and Franklin counties are expected to grow by more than 11,500 jobs — a 12.2 percent increase in employment — according to projections by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Every two years the office updates its job forecast for individual counties: where jobs will be gained and lost by industry as well as specific job titles. Here is what the state is anticipating will happen to the labor force in Hampshire and Franklin counties by 2020:

Industries expected to add the most jobs

Educational services 3,005

Health care and social assistance 2,788

Manufacturing 1,121

Finance and insurance 1,056

Religious, grantmaking, civic,
professional and similar organizations 902

Industries expected to lose the most jobs

Government 484

Retail trade 398

Paper manufacturing 324

Local government (excluding
education and hospitals) 323

Sporting goods, hobby,
book and music stores 131

Occupations expected to add the most jobs

Registered Nurses 308

Nursing aides, orderlies
and attendants 297

Tellers 275

Combined food preparation and
serving workers, including fast food 238

Teacher assistants 237

Occupations expected to lose the most jobs

Stock clerks and order fillers 96

First-line supervisors
of retail sales workers 82

Retail sales 63

Paper goods machine setters,
operators and tenders 45

Cashiers 44

SOURCES: Industry Projections for Franklin/Hampshire WIA; Occupational Projections for Franklin/Hampshire WIA. To see the full reports go to lmi2.detma.org/Lmi/projections.asp.


Labor force in Valley set to grow, but losses predicted in some fields  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

By 2020, state economists predict more than 11,500 new jobs will be added to Hampshire and Franklin counties’ labor force — mostly in the Valley’s traditionally strong sectors of education and health care — according to a report of anticipated local industry occupation gains and losses. Overall, even with retirements and restaffing factored in, the labor force in Hampshire and …

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