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Mass. high on list of poor working women

State ranked 5th, tied with Miss., on gauge of incomes

Massachusetts has one of the highest concentrations of poor working women, a new study shows, with nearly half of the state’s low-income households headed by single mothers struggling in low-wage jobs.

These women are falling further behind in the state’s technology-driven economy, which increasingly rewards education and skills but provides the poor with few opportunities to gain the types of professional certificates and degrees needed to succeed, according to a study by the Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative to strengthen policies that help low-income households.

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