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

7. Virginia

Difference in full-time, year-round income: $13,459
Female full-time, year-round median income: $41,797 (10th highest)
Male full-time, year-round median income: $55,256 (7th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 6.2% (8th lowest)

Virginia had a comparatively high-skilled workforce — it had the second highest percentage of workers in professional, scientific and management, and administrative and waste management services. Those jobs comprised nearly 15% of Virginia’s workforce in 2011, and men filled more than 60% of those jobs, the sixth highest rate of all states. But the wage gap was present across a wide range of different industries. Women in full-time management, business and financial occupations earned 72 cents for every $1 men earned in 2011. It was even worse in sales occupations, where women earned just 64 cents for every dollar men earned.


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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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