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Knowledge economy is leaving some behind

The gap is widening between the poor and the rich in Massachusetts

Chameise Few, an unemployed single mother, has interviewed for nearly a dozen jobs in child care and retail over the past 18 months. Each time, she begins with high hopes, only to see them dashed as soon as employers learn she quit high school in the 11th grade.

“I feel very upset and let down because I know I could do that job,” said Few, choking up as she recalled a recent rejection for a child-care job. “I feel like I’d get the same answer over and over and over again.”

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