Women, do you feel like you’re working hard? Well, you should. The latest pay gap numbers are out and nationally, we are making only about 80 cents on the dollar compared to the men.
But unfortunately, that 80 percent, which frankly is still pretty bad, is even worse in many states. In a state by state comparison, it appears that the biggest struggles are in states like Wyoming and Louisiana, where women make only 65 and 67 cents for every dollar a man earns, likely due to the large amount of the workforce being engaged with more “male-centric” heavy-labor careers that have been unfriendly to women in the past.
On the other hand, in D.C. we have almost reached parity, with women making almost 97% of what their male counterparts make. The surprising side of this is the large gap between the most equal and the second most equal (California), where woman are down to making only 88.7 cents.
As a whole, the northeast region does fairly well pay-wise, with a majority of the state coming in at or above the average for women’s pay, while the mountain region is nearly schitophrenic in its changes from state to state.
How does your state fair? Check the map and see.