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Strong Job Growth in October Lowers Unemployment Rate to 5 Percent: Women Gain 158,000 Jobs and Men Gain 113,000 Jobs

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the November employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women gained 158,000 jobs and men gained 113,000 for a total of 271,000 jobs added in October. The overall unemployment rate declined to 5.0 percent in October from 5.1 percent in September.

By IWPR|2015-11-06T00:00:00-05:00November 6, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Strong Job Growth in October Lowers Unemployment Rate to 5 Percent: Women Gain 158,000 Jobs and Men Gain 113,000 Jobs

Equal Pay Would Cut Poverty in Half for Colorado’s Working Women and Grow the State Economy

According to a new briefing paper, “The Economic Status of Women in Colorado,” released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, women in Colorado earn $10,000 per year less than their male counterparts, are 30 percent more likely to live in poverty, and are 65 percent less likely than men to own businesses.

By IWPR|2015-10-27T00:00:00-05:00October 27, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Equal Pay Would Cut Poverty in Half for Colorado’s Working Women and Grow the State Economy

Women Will Not See Equal Pay with Men until 2059, One Year Longer than Previously Projected

The gender wage ratio improved slightly from 77.6 percent in 2013 to 78.6 percent in 2014, which the Census Bureau reported was not statistically significant. With this insignificant improvement in the gender wage ratio, an IWPR analysis finds that, if current trends are projected forward, women will not receive equal pay until 2059. This date is one year further out from last year, indicating that the slow progress in closing the gender wage gap over the last decade may have long-term effects on women’s economic gains.

By IWPR|2015-09-16T00:00:00-05:00September 16, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Women Will Not See Equal Pay with Men until 2059, One Year Longer than Previously Projected

Women Gain 107,000 Jobs in August and Men Gain 66,000 Jobs

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the September employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women gained 107,000 jobs and men gained 66,000 for a total of 173,000 jobs added in August. The overall unemployment rate decreased to 5.1 percent in August from 5.3 percent in July.

By IWPR|2020-11-29T23:10:38-05:00September 4, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Women Gain 107,000 Jobs in August and Men Gain 66,000 Jobs

Unionized Women Earn More than Nonunionized Women in Every U.S. State

A new briefing paper released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that women represented by a union in the United States earn an average of $212 more per week than women in nonunion jobs. In addition, union women earn more in every state, with the size of the union wage advantage varying across states: union women in Wyoming earn $349 per week more than their nonunion counterparts in the state, while union women in the District of Columbia earn $48 more per week than D.C.’s nonunion women.

By IWPR|2015-08-26T00:00:00-05:00August 26, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Unionized Women Earn More than Nonunionized Women in Every U.S. State

New Report Finds that Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery Policies Largely Ignored the Needs of Black Women from New Orleans’ Public Housing Buildings

In advance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a report presenting a comprehensive analysis of the interview responses of 184 low-income black women who were living in “The Big Four”—four large housing projects within the city of New Orleans, known as “the Bricks”—and who were displaced by the twin disasters of the hurricane and the flooding.

By IWPR|2015-08-25T00:00:00-05:00August 25, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on New Report Finds that Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery Policies Largely Ignored the Needs of Black Women from New Orleans’ Public Housing Buildings

Nearly Half of Currently Exempt Single Mothers and Black and Hispanic Women Workers Will Gain Coverage Under DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Salary Threshold

New report examines how women, mothers, women of color, and women in different occupations will be affected when the proposed rule goes into effect

By IWPR|2015-08-11T00:00:00-05:00August 11, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Nearly Half of Currently Exempt Single Mothers and Black and Hispanic Women Workers Will Gain Coverage Under DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Salary Threshold

Women Gain 115,000 Jobs in July and Men Gain 100,000 Jobs

According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the August employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women gained 115,000 jobs and men gained 100,000 for a total of 215,000 jobs added in July. The overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent from June.

By IWPR|2020-10-31T03:46:27-05:00August 7, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Women Gain 115,000 Jobs in July and Men Gain 100,000 Jobs

In Almost Every U.S. State, Women Are More Likely to Experience Poor Mental Health, but Less Likely to Die from Heart Disease and Breast Cancer, than a Decade Ago

Washington, DC—New data released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), as part of its Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, finds wide disparities across the states and among racial/ethnic groups when it comes to women’s health and safety. IWPR graded each state and the District of Columbia on Health & Well-Being and Reproductive Rights, and analyzed state and national data on Violence Against Women.

By IWPR|2015-05-07T00:00:00-05:00May 7, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on In Almost Every U.S. State, Women Are More Likely to Experience Poor Mental Health, but Less Likely to Die from Heart Disease and Breast Cancer, than a Decade Ago

Nearly Twice as Many Women as Men Work in Occupations with Poverty Wages

On Equal Pay Day, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released new analysis finding that women earn less than men in almost all of the 116 occupations for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes weekly full-time earnings data for both women and men. In at least 109 of the 116 occupations, including almost all of the 20 most common occupations for women, women made significantly less than men.

By IWPR|2015-04-14T00:00:00-05:00April 14, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Nearly Twice as Many Women as Men Work in Occupations with Poverty Wages