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Gender gaps in employment and wages were widest among young men and women who attended high school in blue-collar communities, according to a Cornell University study. (Photo: AP)

(Bloomberg) — A focus on vocational education in working-class towns helps men find good paying local jobs as manual laborers and machinists. For women in those same blue-collar milieus, it often means lower pay or no work at all, according to new Cornell University research.

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