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Should the city require that local labor be used on major construction projects? This question was raised in a Telegram & Gazette article in October about the new St. Vincent Hospital cancer center and during the debate leading up to last month’s municipal elections, with several candidates pledging to push for jobs for city residents.
A lack of jobs is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the nation and the city. According to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, there are around the same number of jobs in Worcester as there were at the beginning of the last decade. Meanwhile, Worcester has 8,000 more residents.
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