https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Economic-Revitalization-and-Reinvention-in-Lowell-1998-2018-2.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-11-16 07:35:202020-12-07 17:07:12Pioneer Report Highlights Pre-Pandemic Employment Growth in Massachusetts’ Hospitality & Food Industry
In the lead-up to the COVID-19 crisis, the Massachusetts Hospitality and Food Industry enjoyed generally positive employment growth, according to a new report from Pioneer Institute that draws data from the MassEconomix web tool. Most of the Hospitality and Food Industry employment across the state is concentrated in full-service restaurants and hotels.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Economic-Revitalization-and-Reinvention-in-Lowell-1998-2018.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-10-26 10:16:112020-12-07 17:08:28Pioneer Report Highlights Employment Growth in Lowell, Massachusetts
In 2018, employment in Lowell, Massachusetts finally surpassed its pre-Great Recession peak, according to a new report from Pioneer Institute that draws data from the MassEconomix web tool. Before COVID-19, job growth in the city was driven largely by a resurgence in manufacturing and a continued high concentration of healthcare firms.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Schneier.jpg 265 265 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-10-13 10:16:132021-01-28 15:28:40Ballot Question 1: Risks & Regulations Regarding Right to Repair
Join host Joe Selvaggi and security technologist Prof. Bruce Schneier as they discuss risks associated with car telematics as well as how best to ensure public safety in the future of the internet of everything.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/mikula.jpg 200 200 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-10-06 09:57:222021-02-15 15:48:24Small Business Life Support: Policy Relief for Firms Sickened by COVID?
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Andrew Mikula and Retailers Association of Massachusetts' Jon Hurst about the state of small business in Massachusetts six months into the pandemic.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Broad-Industry-Sector-Trends-in-Massachusetts-1998-2018-1.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-09-28 10:17:402021-01-28 14:55:46Pioneer Report Underscores Wide Disparities in Economic Performance between Industry Sectors in Massachusetts
Service-based industries have significantly outperformed manufacturing and other traditional blue-collar economic sectors in Massachusetts since 2008, according to a new report from Pioneer Institute that draws on data from the MassEconomix web tool. In “Broad Industry Sector Trends in Massachusetts, 1998-2018,” two decades of data show fluctuating employment changes across the state, as well as changes in firm size and the types of firms disproportionately headquartered in the Commonwealth.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Five-Reasons-Why-Drug-Rebates-Are-Harmful-to-Patients-and-to-the-Healthcare-System-1.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-09-24 08:00:262020-12-11 13:11:37Study: Economic Recovery from COVID Will Require Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Reforms
As the initial economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed, a new study from Pioneer Institute finds that governments must continue to provide short-term relief to stabilize small businesses as they simultaneously consider longer-term reforms to hasten and bolster recovery – all while facing a need to shore up public sector revenues.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Dollar-bills-1.jpg 1079 1527 Thomas O'Rourke https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Thomas O'Rourke2020-08-14 10:00:422020-08-13 09:52:45Massachusetts PPP Benefits Big Businesses, Data Called Into Question
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/PPP-blog-1.3.png 661 911 Nina Weiss https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Nina Weiss2020-08-13 10:00:412021-01-28 15:24:57Where Did the Largest PPP Loans Go? Assessing the distribution of loans by industry
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on all parts of the economy,…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Potry-of-Jazz-3.png 1440 2560 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-08-11 10:36:502021-01-28 14:50:37Non-Profits Facing COVID-19: Charles River’s Esplanade Association on Why It’s No Walk in the Park
Join host Joe Selvaggi as he talks with Esplanade Association’s executive director Michael Nichols about how he and other non-profits adapt to a surge in demand for services while coping with a collapse in fundraising opportunities.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/retail-sales-2.png 413 1054 Nina Weiss https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Nina Weiss2020-08-03 11:00:272021-01-28 15:11:39Data, Attitudes, and Ecommerce: Noteworthy trends in retail for the present and future
Following the July 16th release of the June Retail Sales Report…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Copy-of-Untitled-16.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-07-28 20:00:102021-06-14 16:42:02New Study Offers Guide to Recovery in MA Retail, Accommodation and Tourism, and Restaurant Sectors
A new guide to economic recovery in the retail and hospitality industries published by Pioneer Institute calls for the federal and state governments to consider consumption-based refundable tax credits for brick and mortar businesses; the federal government to conduct a detailed study of the costs and benefits of suspending employer-side payroll taxes; businesses to pay special attention to developing and marketing their cleanliness, hygiene and contactless procedures; and third-party customer review sites to include comments about the implementation of COVID safety measures to provide options and reassurance to safety-minded consumers
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/TRACKER-1.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-07-07 11:47:002021-05-10 15:53:09PPP Loan Tracker
To advance transparency regarding public funds, Pioneer Institute developed this Paycheck Protection Plan Loan Tracker. This web tool allows you to track PPP loans by recipient, lender, location, industry, and loan range. According to this data, from the Small Business Administration, 18,177 Massachusetts small businesses received PPP loans, which the companies claim retained 738,613 jobs.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/GOING-UP_-The-Challenge-of-Reopening-Shared-Office-Buildings-1.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-06-10 07:10:262020-06-10 07:11:20Pioneer Institute Study Calls for Streamlining State Sales Tax Revenue Collection
At a time when state tax revenues are plummeting, a plan to modernize sales tax collection could get money into state coffers more quickly, according to a new policy brief published by Pioneer Institute.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/pexels-photo-917494.jpg 1300 1769 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-06-02 09:50:452020-06-10 13:29:48Even for the most remote part of Massachusetts (Franklin County), it’s far from business as usual
The Connecticut River valley is home to some of the most productive…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/GOING-UP_-The-Challenge-of-Reopening-Shared-Office-Buildings.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-06-01 07:13:272021-01-28 14:53:34Study: Safely Reopening Office Buildings Will Require Planning, Innovation
Safely bringing employees back into workplaces presents a significant challenge for employers located in office buildings, particularly when it comes to elevator operations and building entry and exit. To address the challenge, managers must develop plans to control the flow of workers, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/man-having-a-phone-call-in-front-of-a-laptop-859264-scaled.jpg 1707 2560 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2020-05-28 14:04:542020-05-28 16:33:3838.8 percent of the Massachusetts workforce and 28.3 percent of the U.S. workforce have filed unemployment claims over the past ten weeks.
Data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 38.8 percent of the Massachusetts workforce and 28.3 percent of the U.S. workforce have filed unemployment claims since the COVID-19 unemployment surge began ten weeks ago.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/people-wearing-backpacks-1454360-scaled.jpg 1707 2560 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-05-28 09:43:362020-05-28 09:44:49Once anchored by higher education, Hampshire County, MA finds itself out of work after a cancelled semester
The 38,000 college and university students at the Five College…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/unrecognizable-person-standing-by-calm-lake-near-autumn-3934001-scaled.jpg 2560 1707 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-05-27 15:37:542020-05-27 12:56:34In Hampden County, COVID-19 exacerbates a stark employment divide between urban and rural areas
Hampden County, Massachusetts, home of Western New England’s…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/beige-concrete-house-near-sea-2191639-scaled.jpg 2560 1649 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-05-26 09:36:372020-05-25 11:16:32As stay-at-home orders remain in place at the start of summer tourist season, COVID-19 takes a bite out of resort towns’ economies
Last month, Pioneer Institute showed that the hospitality and…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Learning-Curve-13.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-05-26 06:37:302021-01-28 14:09:31Survey Suggests Demand for Telecommuting After COVID-19 Crisis
Citing an avoidance of the commute and more flexible scheduling, nearly 63 percent of respondents to Pioneer Institute’s survey, “Will You Commute To Work When The COVID-19 Crisis Is Over?” expressed a preference to work from home one day a week, and a plurality preferred two to three days a week, even after a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Respondents cite social isolation as the biggest drawback of remote work. The survey was conducted from April 22nd to May 15th, and received responses from over 700 individuals.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/photo-of-abandoned-shopping-cart-on-grass-3283451-scaled.jpg 2389 2560 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-05-22 13:16:262020-05-25 11:16:50Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate of a 15.1 percent unemployment rate in April only reflects half of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 unemployment surge
Today's release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of a 15.1%…
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/pexels-photo-2467649.jpg 1253 1880 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2020-05-21 14:23:162020-05-25 11:17:5932.9 percent of the Massachusetts workforce and 26.2 percent of the U.S. workforce have filed unemployment claims over the past nine weeks.
Data released today by the U.S. Department of the shows that 33.0 percent of the Massachusetts workforce and 26.2 percent of the U.S. workforce have filed unemployment claims since the COVID-19 unemployment surge began nine weeks ago.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Common-Core-Debacle-10.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-05-19 10:20:512020-05-28 09:40:16Hubwonk Ep. 6: COVID-19 and Commerce: Main Street’s Concerns with Governor Baker’s Course
In this episode of Hubwonk, Host Joe Selvaggi & Pioneer Research Analyst Rebecca Paxton to get reactions to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s phased reopening, from the leaders of two statewide business organizations, NFIB and Retailers Association of Massachusetts.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/holyoke_soldiers_home_1800.jpeg 1200 1800 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-05-18 07:29:012020-07-17 13:41:40Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Study Targets Inadequate Nursing Home Staffing Standards
Standards enforced at the federal and state levels are insufficient to address chronic staffing issues reported by staff and residents’ families at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, making that facility particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new Pioneer Institute research.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Untitled-design-26.png 512 1024 Rebekah Paxton https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Rebekah Paxton2020-05-14 08:00:232021-08-16 16:08:16Where in Massachusetts is being hit hardest by unemployment due to COVID-19?
Pioneer’s new tool, called “COVID Unemployment Tracker,” provides an interactive look at how economic shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting jobs and lives across the state of Massachusetts.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/blue-and-white-n95-mask-3993242-scaled.jpg 1707 2560 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2020-05-08 09:06:062020-05-25 11:25:59The past seven weeks of Massachusetts unemployment claims total 25.8 percent of the civilian workforce.
The U.S. Department of Labor released its weekly report on jobless claims Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m., reporting that Massachusetts received 55,448 initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims during the week ended May 2. This brings the total of regular UI claims filed in Massachusetts since March 14, the beginning of the unemployment surge, to 781,110.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Massachusetts-municipal-budgets.png 512 1024 Andrew Mikula https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Andrew Mikula2020-05-06 09:43:042021-02-15 16:06:22COVID-19 will likely lead to a recession. Can Massachusetts municipal budgets handle one?
Using municipalities' experiences during the Great Recession, a new policy brief examines the likely impact of COVID-19 on local property taxes, as well as political implications for state aid. We list the municipal revenues by category among the least tax-reliant communities in Massachusetts, show the trajectory of tax revenue growth rate in Massachusetts state and local governments, and rank stabilization fund assets per capita among Massachusetts Gateway Cities.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/woman-in-green-and-white-stripe-shirt-covering-her-face-with-3991311-scaled.jpg 2560 1647 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2020-04-30 14:39:122021-02-15 15:37:09The past six weeks of Massachusetts unemployment claims total 24.0 percent of civilian workforce
The U.S. Department of Labor released its weekly report on jobless claims this morning at 8:30 a.m., reporting that Massachusetts received 70,714 initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims during the week ended April 25. This brings the total of unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts since March 14, the beginning of the unemployment surge, to 725,018.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Exhibit-A_-We-Need-Access-to-SFIs-Now-11.png 512 1024 Editorial Staff https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Editorial Staff2020-04-30 07:59:482020-07-17 13:42:28Report Finds “Reopening Day” in the Commonwealth Will Likely Include Phasing in Businesses and Contact Tracing
New study compares the reopening of three European countries – Austria, Denmark, and Germany – to highlight approaches that could inform the Commonwealth’s reopening strategy.
https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/photo-of-man-getting-his-temperature-by-a-thermal-scanner-4148846-scaled.jpg 1707 2560 Greg Sullivan https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/logo_440x96.png Greg Sullivan2020-04-23 13:45:422021-02-15 14:40:21New jobless claims data shows that Massachusetts unemployment has grown from 2.8% to at least 20.4% in five weeks
Based on today’s jobless claims report, Pioneer Institute projects that the current unemployment rate in Massachusetts is at least 20.4 percent, with a minimum of 762,299 currently unemployed individuals.