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Women dominate state workforce, but still earn less than men

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In the wake of a recession that disproportionately caused job losses in male-dominated fields such as construction, Minnesota women are faring slightly better these days, according to new research by the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum.

Women now constitute 67.4% of Minnesota’s workforce. Four out of 10 working mothers in the state are the primary breadwinners in their families. And the future looks bright: 70% of Minnesota graduate students are women.

But women still earn 22% less than men statewide.

Researchers analyzed federal and state government data to reach their conclusions.

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