There are many sources from which you can obtain the latest workforce development information and labor market statistics. To help expedite your search, here is a list of primary sources utilized by the Greater Lowell Workforce Board. This list is updated frequently – to ensure access to the latest developments and statistical data from qualified sources.

Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

The Dukakis Center conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University, to identify and implement real solutions to the critical challenges facing urban areas throughout Greater Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Founded in 1999 as the Center for Urban and Regional Policy or CURP, the Dukakis Center is equally committed to producing state-of-the-art applied research and to implementing effective policies and practices based on that research.

MEETING THE COMMONWEALTH’S WORKFORCE NEEDS: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education (Oct 2015)

Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development

The Resources page on the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development site is a great source of information for Career Centers, Workforce Boards and others interested in accessing the most recent Massachusetts workforce information and statistics. Reference External Resources for Career Centers and Workforce Boards for links to various external data sources and Operational Updates to obtain current and historical information on the Massachusetts One Stop Employment System.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)

The official website of the EOLWD provides up-to-date information on unemployment insurance including on-line services, forms, publications and other resources for job seekers, claimants and businesses. EOLWD is your direct source for current data on Massachusetts unemployment rates, call center activity and labor market information.

Massachusetts Labor Market and Economic Review 2014

Commonwealth Corporation

Commonwealth Corporation publishes a large collection of important workforce development research briefs. These research briefs are available at the Center for Research and Evaluation, Commonwealth Corporation: Research Briefs.

Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps (Apr 2013)


The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (Mass INC), an independent, non-partisan research and educational institute issues a variety of reports relative to business and labor in conjunction with various research partners.

Going for Growth: Promoting Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Gateway Cities (Feb 2013)

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for current economic news and the latest information on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), national unemployment rates, average hourly earnings, Producer Price Index (PPI) and to view or submit questions. is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President’s 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. Today, is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.