Here at the State You're In desk, we're acutely aware of a tendency toward dumping statistical downers on our readers. So let us offer a data-driven pat on the back: According to a new study from the Center for American Progress, the wage gap between men and women in Florida is one of the smallest in the nation. Women in the Sunshine State make 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man. (Vermont, Nevada and Maryland are tied at the top at 85 cents. Wyoming is last with 64 cents.)
But if you're suddenly thinking Florida is more enlightened than 44 other states, hold until you hear from Jordan Weissman, who did a quick analysis of the data for TheAtlantic.com. "... I do think that on a very basic level, (the data) shows us the states where women are having the most luck matching up financially with men, whether it's because public policy gives them a leg up in the labor force, or because the local mix of industries happens to favor women (I don't think it's an accident that hospitality-heavy Florida has a relatively small gap)." Right, the gap might be narrower because men are making nearly the same rotten salaries as women.
Here are a couple of numbers that probably mean much more to men and women in the Florida workforce: Florida's median household income in 2012 of over $45,000 is down more than 11 percent from 2000. Only seven other states had higher decreases in the past dozen years, the Census figures showed. Among the nation's 25 most populous cities, the Tampa metro area was last with a median household income of about $44,000.
We tried to be positive. Really, we tried.