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PAY EQUITY GAP CLOSING, BUT DATA SHOWS IT'S STILL LARGE

By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017.....Massachusetts women working full-time in 2016 had median weekly earnings of $932, or 84.3 percent of the $1,105 median for Massachusetts men, according to federal data released on Wednesday.

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio in Massachusetts was up 2.7 percentage points from 2015, Regional Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Deborah Brown said. From 1997 to 2016, the ratio in Massachusetts has trended upward, ranging from a low of 74.8 percent in 2007 to a high of 84.3 percent last year.

The bureau also released national data, announcing women nationwide earned $749 per week last year, or 81.9 percent of the $915 median for men.


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