Gender pay gap grows in California


laptop computerThe gap between what men and women earn is growing in California, despite the focus it has received recently.

According to data released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $775, or 84.8 percent of the $914 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts in 2015.

The women’s to men’s earnings ratio in California decreased 4.5 percentage points from the previous year BLS Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted.

At 84.8 percent, the ratio in California is better than the national percentage of 81.1 percent nationally.

In California, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings has ranged from a low of 82.9 percent in 2001 to a high of 90.2 percent in 2005, the agency said. That gender pay gap equates to a $7,000 loss annually for women and was the widest since 2002.

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