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Women's earnings.

The ratio of women's to men's earnings has been a statistic widely examined for a long time. The latest annual average data--for 2007--indicate that women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $614, or about 80 percent of the $766 median for their male counterparts. This ratio has grown since 1979 (the first year for which earnings data from the Current Population Survey are comparable to current figures), when women earned about 62 percent as much as men.

The occupational distribution of female and male full-time workers differs significantly. Relatively few women work in construction, production, or transportation occupations, for instance, whereas the concentration of men in administrative support jobs is small. The types of jobs women and men hold, as well as other variables such as educational attainment and work experience, can contribute to overall wage differences between the sexes.

A full range of comparative information on women's and men's earnings is found in an annual publication

produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics called Highlights of Women's Earnings. The edition with data for 2007 can be found online at http://
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Title Annotation:Labor Month In Review
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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