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From BLS: Women’s Earnings in 2008

Last month, BLS released the latest report on women’s earnings and how they compare to men’s.  Here is the introduction:

In 2008, women who were full-time wage and salary workers
had median weekly earnings of $638, or about 80 percent of
the $798 median for their male counterparts. In 1979, the fi rst
year for which comparable earnings data are available, women
earned about 62 percent as much as men. After a gradual rise in
the 1980s and 1990s, the women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio peaked
at 81 percent in 2005 and 2006.

The report has an extremely detailed look at statistics related to women’s earnings, including breakdowns by race and ethnicity, educational attainment, age, union membership and many other factors. The statistics are presented in munerous charts and tables.


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