COLORADO WOMEN STILL EARN 17.2% LESS THAN MEN

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

Women are slowly edg­ing closer to men’s pay in Colorado but still fall short. Their me­dian weekly earn­ings in 2015 were 17.2 per­cent less, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by the U.S. Bu­reau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics.

It’s a sim­i­lar story na­tion­wide. The small­est me­dian weekly wage gap be­tween the sexes was in Hawaii, where women made 87.9 per­cent of men’s pay. The big­gest gap was in Wy­oming where women made 69 per­cent of men’s earn­ings.

Both women’s and men’s me­dian weekly earn­ings were higher in Colorado com­pared with the na­tion as a whole. Women’s weekly earn­ings were $779 in Colorado and $726 na­tion­ally. Men’s weekly earn­ings were $941 and $895, re­spec­tively.

The wage gap in 2015 wasn’t as great as in 1997 when women made 74.6 per­cent of men’s me­dian weekly earn­ings but wasn’t as nar­row as in 2003, when women made 84.3 per­cent of men’s weekly earn­ings, ac­cord­ing to BLS.

The gap has been clos­ing in Colorado since 2013.

The data does not con­trol for many fac­tors, ac­cord­ing to BLS. Dif­fer­ences among states could be at­trib­uted to preva­lent oc­cu­pa­tions, in­dus­tries and work­force de­mo­graph­ics. The me­dian weekly earn­ings are cal­cu­lated be­fore taxes and other de­duc­tions. It in­cludes over­time, com­mis­sions and tips.

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