The study, “The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings,” gave the state a C rating, an improvement from the D rating of the original “The Status of Women in the States” published in 2004.

The rating improved largely because median annual earnings for women, the ratio of earnings and the percentage of employed women in managerial roles increased. But the disparity across the state and low labor-force participation keeps the state from a higher rating.

Across the state, women working full time, year-round saw a nearly $2,000 increase in income between 2002 and 2016.

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