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Income Inequality & the Wage Gap

by gsmart

By many measures, Boston is a city on the move.  Restaurants, luxury condos and new developments are popping up across the city.  For many, life is good, but it may be surprising to learn that according to Family Assets Count, 17% of Boston households live in poverty and 46% don’t have 3 months of savings to live above the poverty level.

This fall, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Vice Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunity Task Force, launched the Office of Financial Empowerment to Address Poverty and Income Inequality for the city of Boston.

Local organizations such as the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Jewish Vocational Services  have partnered with the city to combat poverty and find ways to empower the financially vulnerable in our community.

See the links below to learn more about these organizations and to discover library resources, city demographic data, reading lists and reports on this important topic.

Organizations, Resources and Further Reading


City Agencies

  • Office of Jobs & Community Services – Promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city’s economic vitality and future.



  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • LISC: Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.
  • JVS: Jewish Vocational Services – Empowers individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, and partners with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces.


Career Empowerment and Job Search Guidance

BPL Electronic Resource:

  •  Career Transitions –  Provides hands-on guidance and immediate access to key job search activities.

Additional Job Search Services:


 Demographic and Labor Market Data

BPL Electronic Resources:

Projections and Labor Force Data:


BPL Booklist





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