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Report: MA Wages Grow Slowly and Almost 94,000 Jobs “Missing”

September 4, 2007

Boston , MA – Almost 94,000 jobs are still "missing" in Massachusetts, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center that analyzes wages and jobs. The jobs are among those that disappeared during the 2001 recession. The report also finds that, while median wages are growing slowly, those earning lower wages are actually earning less. Lisa Clauson is with Community Labor United.

"Wages are still below what they were four years ago. We see more and more people working multiple jobs in order to cover just their basic expenses."

Clauson says economic progress historically has meant rising wages across the spectrum in Massachusetts, but this report shows wages are rising fastest only for those who already earn the highest incomes, while those who earn the least have seen their wages decline.

"This report illustrates that the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow at an unprecedented pace."

The report also reveals that unemployment in Massachusetts is higher than the national rate for the first time since 1992. The full report is available online, at http://www.massbudget.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MA