Their findings show that a quarter of the city's fully employed workers and just under half of all labor force participants earn less than $35,000 a year. The median wage of Boston residents, $35,273, has remained the same, in real terms, for nearly three decades.
The OWD, a department that is supported by the BRA and aims to broaden economic opportunities for residents, funds workforce development programs throughout the city.
The report predicts the importance of education will only grow. By 2022, 41 percent of Boston jobs are expected to require a bachelor's degree (compared to 27 percent nationally), and 36 percent will be available to those with a high school degree or less (compared to 50 percent nationally).