Louisiana women saw smaller paychecks in 2015

    Louisiana women saw their median weekly earnings decline 1.4 percentage points from 2014 to 2015, when they earned just 76.1% of what their male counterparts earned, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Louisiana women with full-time salaries jobs, the bureau says, had a median weekly income of $630, compared to $828 for men.

    In 2014, Louisiana women were paid median weekly earnings that were 77.5% of what Louisiana men with full-time salaried jobs were paid.

    “In Louisiana, the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings trended upward from 1997 to 2005 before declining to a series low of 65.0% in 2009,” a report by the bureau says. “The ratio reached a series high of 77.5% in 2014 before declining to 76.1% in 2015. Despite the latest decline, the general trend has been upward since the 2009 series low, and the 2015 women’s to men’s earnings ratio was the second highest level since the series began in 1997.”

    Median weekly earnings for Louisiana women also fell below the national median weekly earnings of $726 per week for other full-time, salaried women.

    Nationally, women earned just 81.1% of the $895 in median weekly earnings their male counterparts earned, the bureau says.

    Among the 50 states, median weekly earnings of women in full-time wage and salary positions in 2015 ranged from $591 in Mississippi to $907 in Massachusetts.

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