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September 20, 2018

If you are a woman in New Jersey who worked a full-time job in 2017, chances are you took home a lot less than your male counterparts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that last year in the Garden State, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $929. That was 81.6 percent of the $1,138 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts and it was almost identical with the national earnings ratio (81.8 percent) last year.

In New Jersey, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 74.3 percent in 2004 to a high of 84.8 percent in 2010. The national earnings ratio has been in the 80 - 83 percent range since 2004. The state with the highest earnings ratio last year was New Mexico (90.9 percent); Wyoming had the lowest (76 percent) — although the BLS points out that state-by-state differences can reflect variation in the occupations and industries found in each state as well as differences in the demographics of each state’s labor force.

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