About the Franklin Hampshire Career Center
The Franklin Hampshire Career Center supports and promotes workforce and economic development in the region through the delivery of quality employment, training and education services that are responsive to and meet the needs of job seekers and employers.
Our offices are located in Northampton and Greenfield, with a satellite office in Orange, Massachusetts. We serve 50 municipalities across the Franklin Hampshire and North Quabbin area. In addition, the Career Center provides the following services to job seekers and employers.
The Franklin Hampshire Region
The Franklin Hampshire workforce development area is predominately rural. Twenty-nine of the towns in the area have populations less than 2000. It is the largest Workforce area in the state in geographical area, but the third or fourth smallest in population. The total population in 2000 was approximately 239,000, which is about 3.9% of the State’s total population. The total land area of the region is approximately 1,400 square miles or 17% of the State. The economic centers of the region are located in its largest communities: Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Orange and Athol.
Current Industry Employment Trends
In terms of jobs, the largest industry sectors in the Franklin Hampshire area (including government sector jobs) are Education Services, Health Care, and Social Assistance, with approximately 34% of all jobs. Manufacturing, once the major industry sector in the Franklin Hampshire region, has lost many jobs in the last 20 years, but manufacturing still makes up more than 11% of all employment.