The recent jobs numbers for Massachusetts paint a paradox: The number of jobs created is up but the joblessness number remains the same. The cause for this is not a puzzle. The divide between available jobs and the people with skills to fill them has grown wider causing higher unemployment and more people living in poverty.
As a recent report released by the Crittenton Women’s Union shows, a single parent with two children needs an annual income of $65,880 in Massachusetts to meet their most basic needs. Today, it’s harder than ever for a person without a four-year degree to land a job that pays that amount much less build a career that provides a path to the middle class. That’s because the economy has changed and with it so have the types of jobs available. The jobs of 25 years ago, that required less education, paid a living wage, and paved the path to the middle class, don’t exist anymore.