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Robert Trigaux

Wage gap between women and men looks better in Florida than most of Southeast




Wake up and good morning. It may not be worth a champagne toast but the pay gap between women and men in Florida is a lot better than in most other southern states, new Census Bureau data show. In the Southeast, only Florida and North Carolina showed women paid 80 percent (think 80 cents on the $1) or more as much as men. That's not impressive by any means but it sure beats states like Alabama, Mississippi and even Georgia and South Carolina.

For full-time, year-round workers, median earnings for women were 78.2 percent of men’s median earnings, or $35,549 compared with $45,485. In 2008, the ratio of women’s to men’s median earnings was 77.2 percent. Men out-earned women in every American state. At 88.2 percent, the District of Columbia was among the highest ratios of women’s to men’s earnings. Wyoming, at 65.5 percent, was among the lowest. Here are some details from the New York Times.

That's not as blatantly discriminatory as it may appear. A large part of the gap in pay between male and female workers can be explained by the different jobs they go into. Here's more on that topic from the New York Times.

On a related topic, a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday finds that female managers earned just 81 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts in 2007, compared with 79 cents in 2000. Women make up 40 percent of U.S. managerial ranks, little changed from the 39 percent ratio in 2000. And working mothers with children under age 18 account for an astonishingly low 14 percent of all managers. That number that hasn't changed since 2000, the Washington Post reports. Here's the complete story.  And here's the complete 41-page GAO report.

Bottom line: Women still are paid less than men doing the same work.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:04am]


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