The annual State of Working Massachusetts report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center found that income inequality is widening faster in Massachusetts than in the nation as a whole.
Despite the state unemployment rate being lower than the nation as a whole, the report shows that the jobs we did lose during the last economic downtuwn are not spread evenly across the state's socioeconomic spectrum.
The authors of the study recommend raising the state minimum wage to help close the gap.
- Noah Berger, president, Mass. Budget and Policy Center
- Full report: The State of Working Massachusetts 2011
This program aired on January 2, 2012.