BOSTON (CBS) – The U.S. added 103,000 jobs in September and a handful of Massachusetts companies contributed to the September gains.
Here’s a rundown of who’s hiring around here:
The Texas-based digital marketing and advisory firm Epsilon is expanding in Wakefield and anticipates a hiring binge.
Formerly known as CSN Stores, it plans to add 100 workers, bringing its Boston-centric head count to 800.
The Cambridge data backup software firm is putting its fresh round of venture capital to work, hiring new employees in marketing and engineering.
The law firm is ramping up its Boston mergers and acquisitions group with the hiring of attorney David Brewster as a new partner.
The Ashland maker of dry-erase paint for classrooms and work spaces is spending its venture capital dollars on new hires.
The sunglass maker has moved past police and flyboys, and is putting its product on the noses of models, actors and rock stars. And they need some fresh eyeballs.
Bank of America
It’s in the midst of layoffs, but that didn’t stop the troubled bank from announcing 50 new New England hires, last month.
It named five Massachusetts companies to its list of ‘top employers,’ last month.
Also, keep in mind that white collar workers are on the rise in downtown Boston, as offices hire, driving up rents in the Boston office market.
WHO’S NOT HIRING?
Small business confidence is down, according to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business – meaning small firms are less likely to invest in hiring.
The Bay State construction sector is still pessimistic on recovery prospects.
The U.S. Government
The Bureau of Labor Statistics report had government payrolls declining by 35,000 in September, Meanwhile, a poll of BBJ readers found most don’t believe President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would work, if passed.
Older workers not wanted
Workers 55 and older make up almost 20 percent of the work force, but still have trouble convincing hiring managers.
Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports