Stronger Job Growth in September Puts Men within Striking Distance of their Pre-Recession Employment Level
According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the October employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), although the total number of jobs lost in the recession has been recovered (139,435,000 jobs in September 2014 vs. 138,350,000 jobs in December 2007 when the recession began), men are still short 142,000 jobs from the start of the recession. In September, men gained 147,000 jobs on nonfarm payrolls, while women gained 101,000 for an increase of 248,000 total jobs in September. The unemployment rate decreased to 5.9 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August.
Low-Wage, Part-Time, and Service Workers Are the Least Likely to Have Access to Paid Sick Days in Minnesota
New Data Shows Little Progress in Closing the Gender Wage Gap while Policies that Could Address Pay Inequality Stall
A fact sheet by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) uses updated data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau to chart the gender earnings ratio since 1960 and analyzes changes in earnings during the last year by gender, race, and ethnicity. The gender wage ratio improved slightly from 76.5 percent in 2012 to 78.3 percent in 2013, which the Census Bureau reported was not statistically significant. Moreover, an IWPR analysis finds that, if current trends are projected forward, women will not receive equal pay until 2058. This date is unchanged from last year, further indicating stalled progress in closing the gender wage gap.
Women Gained 2 Out of Every 3 Jobs Added in August; Men Still Short 350,000 Jobs from Pre-Recession Employment Levels
Washington, DC, Ranks Highest for Women’s Employment and Earnings; West Virginia Ranks Lowest
According to a new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), states across the nation vary widely in their progress towards achieving equality for women in the workplace, with the District of Columbia ranking the highest in the nation for women’s employment and earnings, while West Virginia ranked the lowest. The analysis includes state-by-state rankings and letter grades based on a composite score of economic indicators, including women’s labor force participation, median annual earnings for women, the gender earnings ratio between women and men employed full-time and year-round, and the percentage of employed women in managerial or professional occupations. IWPR has been calculating and tracking state rankings in this area since 1996.