Women’s earnings continue to lag behind men in state

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ALBANY — In 2020, New York women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $1,000, or 84.5% of the $1,183 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The New York women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio of 84.5% in 2020 compared to 83.8% in 2019. Since 1997, the New York women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has ranged from a low of 78.5% in 2000 to a high of 86.9% in 2015.

Nationally, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio has remained in the 80% to 83% range since 2004.

In addition to the lower income percentage, women also face significant employment hardships as a result of COVID-19, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Women who wanted a job were more likely than men to be prevented from looking for work due to the pandemic in October, often because of caregiving responsibilities for children or aging parents.

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