Patchwork of Paychecks: Massachusetts
There are not enough jobs to go around in Massachusetts. There are 327,000 job seekers, but only about 117,000 total job openings. Of those, only 51 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 10 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are five job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 27 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women and Latina and Latino workers in Massachusetts are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While just over 32 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 40 percent of Latina and Latino workers and 44 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.