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October 17, 2017

The median weekly earnings of women in New Jersey in full-time jobs in 2016 was 80.3 percent of the median earned by their male counterparts. That translated to $894 for women compared to $1,113 for men. Nationwide, the corresponding figures were $749 (81.9 percent) for women and $915 for men, according to a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chief regional economist Martin Kohli says that in 2016 women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in New Jersey declined 2.9 percentage points from the previous year. The ratio of women’s to men’s earnings in the Garden State ranged from a low of 74.3 percent in 2004 to a high of 84.8 percent in 2010.

Among the states, Vermont had the highest women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio (90.2 percent), while Utah had the lowest (69.9 percent) in 2016. In that year, women’s median weekly earnings went from $624 in Mississippi to $932 in Massachusetts. (The figure for women in the District of Columbia was $1,117.) The report notes that state-by-state differences can reflect variations in the occupations and industries in the states as well as differences in the demographic composition of each state’s labor force.

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