Manufacturing was bright spot in Mass. economy
The state’s manufacturing sector was hiring last year, with the number of job openings second only to health care, according a study released today by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. Local manufacturers advertised nearly 73,000 jobs in 2011 -- but relatively few were production jobs. The vast majority of openings came in areas such as sales and customer services, computer and information technology, and managerial positions. The health care sector, meanwhile, posted just over 76,000 openings.