Florida women gain ground in pay
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) -- Women workers in Florida earned 84.9 percent what men earned in 2012, the highest ratio since the Labor Department began charting state figures 15 years ago.
The figure was up more than a percentage point from the prior year and reflected weekly earnings of $676 compared to men’s $796. The figures are for full-time wage and salary workers.
The ratio dropped as low as 76.3 percent in 2000 and has only been above 84 percent one other year, 2006. The recession sent women’s pay sharper lower compared to their male counterparts.
The four top-paying states were in the Northeast: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
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