Job seekers encouraged by increased hiring
Boston Herald - 04/17/2015
Massachusetts employers have continued to add jobs at a steady pace, giving people who have given up on finding work the confidence to start looking again.
The participation rate — the percentage of working age Bay State residents with a job or actively looking for work — rose 0.3 percent last month to 66.2 percent, the highest that rate has been since June 2010, the state Labor Department said yesterday.
“What this shows is that people who left the labor force during the recession because they couldn’t find work are now returning,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist and professor at Northeastern University. “They’re coming back into the labor force because they’re being successful (at finding a job), they hear that from their friends.”