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Pay gap growing for Pennsylvania working women

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After making strides in the ’80s and early ’90s, working women in Pennsylvania are losing ground in their earnings compared to men, a recent study by Keystone Research Center (KRC) found.

“The State of Women in the Pennsylvania Workforce 2008” showed that women’s paychecks started to backslide in 2003. The current wage gap is about $4 per hour, with women earning an average $13.25 per hour, compared to $16.97 per hour for men.

During the same time, education among working women surpassed that of men for the first time. In 2007, a larger share of working-age women had a college degree than working-age men.

“Over the past three decades, one positive sign amid bad economic news for Pennsylvania’s middle class has been the progress of women in the workforce,” said KRC labor economist Mark Price, author of the report. “But in the current decade, despite a so-called economic expansion between 2001 and 2007, the progress of women in the Pennsylvania workforce stopped.”

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