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The South Shore Workforce Investment Board (SSWIB) is charged with providing workforce development leadership in the South Shore region. The SSWIB provides relevant information regarding the workforce system and presents key findings and recommendations that support regional leaders and help stakeholders make informed decisions about how to strengthen the region’s workforce system.

Workforce and Labor Market Data
StateMassachusetts UI Rates for the most recent 13 months (Seasonally Adjusted Data)

Region – South Shore Workforce Investment Area: Labor Force and Unemployment Data for most recent month

Massachusetts Workforce Data

Unemployment Rate (Seasonally Adjusted)

Chart - Unemployment Rates MA and US

Month Year
May 2016 4.2% 4.7%
April 2016 4.2% 5.0%
March 2016 4.4% 5.0%
May 2015 4.9% 5.5%
Source: EOLWD

Massachusetts Jobs
(Seasonally Adjusted)

Chart - Job Trends in Massachusetts

Month Year
May 2016 3,545,900
April 2016 3,537,400
March 2016 3,537,400
May 2015 3,492,500
Source: EOLWD

More data

Workforce Training Fund Program:
The Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) provides Massachusetts businesses with the resources needed to invest in workforce development, improve employee skills, and maintain the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth's businesses.

Training grants of up to $250,000 are available for: ESOL, Lean/Continuous Process Improvement, Six-Sigma, Adult Basic Education, Software and IT Skills, Project Management, Sales, CNC, Customer Service, Leadership and Management Skills, ISO, and many more.

There are 4 different grant programs: DOWNLOAD WTFP GRANT MENU (PDF)
General Program
Express Program
Regional Training Capacity
 Pilot Program

Technical Assistance Grants

Workplace Safety Training Grant: The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awards up to $25,000.00 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training. Eligible employers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding. Learn more here. VIEW SITE

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Employers can receive a Federal Tax Credit of up to $9,600 for each new hire that meets specified criteria. View complete details here.VIEW SITE

Training Opportunities for Adults: The South Shore region brings opportunities to adults seeking to upgrade their education and improve their marketable skills.










Career Centers:
Plymouth Career Center
Quincy Career Center

The South Shore Workforce Investment Board is located at:
15 Cottage Avenue, Ste. 302
Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: 617-328-7001
Fax: 617-328-7381