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24/7 Wall St.: The 10 Worst-Paying States for Women

1. Wyoming

Difference in full-time, year-round income: $17,838
Female full-time, year-round median income: $35,698 (24th lowest)
Male full-time, year-round median income: $53,536 (9th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 6% (7th lowest)

Much of Wyoming’s pay gap can be attributed to the jobs available in the state. Wyoming had the highest percentage of people working in occupations involving both natural resources, construction and maintenance, as well as agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining. While those jobs, notably in mining and oil production, tend to be male-dominated and higher paying, the Wyoming Women’s Foundation found pay gaps still persisted in other jobs that are not necessarily male dominated. The Casper metropolitan area had the largest gap of all 366 metropolitan areas in terms of pay between men and women. The median income for a man working full-time was $25,222 higher than for a woman working full-time.

(iStock)

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