Snow hurts job market
Boston Herald - 03/19/2015
Stores and restaurants have said that the record-breaking snow buried their business last month, and now there is a little more proof the latest jobs report backs up those tales of woe.
The state added 800 jobs last month, but industries most affected by the weather took a dive, with retail, construction, and accommodation and food services losing a combined 3,500 jobs in February.
“A lot of these job losses that resulted in this weak employment growth were in these sectors that we think were hurt by the weather,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist and professor at Northeastern University. “Some people couldn’t go to work, especially hourly workers in retail and restaurants that didn’t appear on payrolls.”