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Idaho women’s wages continue to trail men

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Idaho women earned 81.1 percent of what their male counterparts earned in 2015. During that year, women earned $654 per week while men earned $806. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the women’s to men’s earnings ratio in Idaho decreased 4.4 percentage points from the previous year.
Nationwide, women earned $726 per week or 81.1 percent of the $895 median for men. In Idaho, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings ranged from a low of 71.2 percent in 1998 to a high of 87.6 percent in 2013. Among the 50 states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2015 ranged from $591 in Mississippi to $907 in Massachusetts. In Idaho, the women to men earnings ratio ranked 23rd highest in the nation. Idaho women’s weekly earnings ranked 39th in the nation and men’s ranked 42nd. The full report is available here.

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