Massachusetts Economic Independence Index By Michael W. Ames, MSW, MBA, Jennifer Dobruck Lowe, MA, Kelly Dowd, MPP, Ruth J. Liberman, MPA, Deborah Connolly Youngblood, PhD

The Massachusetts Economic Independence Index 2013 (Mass. Index) continues Crittenton Women’s Union’s (CWU) series of triennial reports documenting the income required for families to meet their most basic needs. First released as the Family Economic Self-Suficiency Standard (FESS) in 1998 and then, in 2010, as the Massachusetts Economic Independence Index, the Mass. Index is an important tool that helps families working toward economic independence identify their basic needs budget and the income they will need to meet those basic needs.

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Hot Jobs: Promoting Economic Independence Through Informed Career Decisions By Deborah Connolly Youngblood, PhD, Kelly Dowd, MPP, Melissa Martin Morgera, MBA, Mark Melnik, PhD, Ruth J. Liberman, MPA

Perhaps the most pressing questions being asked in the United States today are “where are the jobs that pay a family sustaining wage” and “how do people obtain them?” Every three years, Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) attempts to answer these questions for Massachusetts with its Hot Jobs report. This report identifies careers in the Commonwealth that require two years or less of post-secondary education, are in high demand, pay a family-sustaining wage, and are located in industries most likely to offer employer-based benefits.

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