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The Regional Economy

The Berkshire Workforce Investment Area consists of the following 32 cities and towns:

Adams     Alford     Becket     Cheshire     Clarksburg     Dalton     Egremont     Florida     Great Barrington     Hancock    Hinsdale        Lanesborough      Lee     Lenox       Monterey     Mt. Washington     New Ashford     New Marlborough     North Adams     Otis     Peru      Pittsfield     Richmond     Sanisfield      Savoy     Sheffield     Stockbridge     Tyringham       Washington     West Stockbridge     Williamstown     Windsor

Berkshire County Labor Market Information.

Massachusetts Labor Market Information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Edition


  • Labor Market Report

    Labor Market Trends in Massachusetts Regions

    The New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Commonwealth Corporation are developing reports that profile eight regional labor markets within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Using the most recent data available, each profile provides a detailed picture of a regionís current and future labor supply, as well as information about labor demand in that region over the past decade. These profiles are designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

    Over the summer and fall of 2012, the findings of each profile will be presented and discussed at a summit hosted in each region. Each region's profile will become available at this website on its summit date. These summits are open to the public; more information about the events and registration instructions are available at the Commonwealth Corporation's website.
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  • Preparing Youth for Work and Learning in the 21st Century Economy

  • Impact of Non-Profit sector in Berkshire County

    On October 28th, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce (with the BCREB as part of the Task Force) revealed the results from a study conducted on the economic impacts of nonprofit organizations in Berkshire County.

    Here are just a few highlights:
    ∑ Berkshire County has over 1,026 certified nonprofit organizations.
    ∑ We have considerably more nonprofits per capita than all of Massachusetts or the US.
    ∑ The biggest impact any organization makes on the local economy comes from their expenditures, money spent (for labor, utilities, supplies, etc.) to produce goods or services. Berkshire County nonprofits had expenditures of over $1.1 billion. Thatís 21%, or more than one-fifth of the total goods and services purchased in our county. Expenditures for the Arts and Culture sector increased 248% between 1996 and 2006.
    ∑ Many non-profit organizations in Berkshire County have significant economic impact beyond that generated by their organizational expenditures alone. Many attract visitors into the county, who spend money that would not otherwise be spent here, creating their own significant level of economic impact.

    The nonprofit sector is of great importance to the local Berkshire economy. It directly and indirectly generates $1,910,432,765 in economic activity and accounts for approximately 25,069 full or part time jobs.
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  • Berkshire County Labor Market Profile

    Labor Market Information Profiles: These publications are produced for the State and each of the 16 Workforce Area regions. Each profile includes data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, industry structure, wages, population and demographic trends and worker commuting patterns.

    Compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development in May 2009.
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