Report: Manufacturing, healthcare seen as growth areas for Eastern Connecticut jobs

Report: Manufacturing, healthcare seen as growth areas for Eastern Connecticut jobs

(The Bulletin, 3/4/2017)

A new state report says Eastern Connecticut is poised to see job growth in advanced manufacturing and healthcare, but must also be ready to take advantage of other opportunities such as more diverse employment fields from the area’s two tribal casinos.

The report, commissioned by the state Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor, was prepared by Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board President John Beauregard, Sean Nugent, interim executive director of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, and Rob Michalik, director of legislative affairs for DECD.

The report is an analysis of the casino-related jobs southeastern Connecticut lost during the Great Recession, and a forecast of where those workers might find new employment and what programs are in place to help that transition along.

“Clearly, we’re having a shift in the regional economy,” Beauregard said. “A lot of people are underemployed. They’re motivated to get a better job, but reluctant to go the traditional routes.”

The ramp-up of submarine manufacturing activity at Electric Boat, plus related suppliers, is expected to grow the workforce there from 13,000 to 18,000 by 2030.

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