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

3. Louisiana

Difference in full-time, year-round income: $15,130
Female full-time, year-round median income: $32,633 (9th lowest)
Male full-time, year-round median income: $47,763 (20th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 7.3% (16th lowest)

More than 8% of jobs in Louisiana were in construction, more than any other state, with more than 90% of those construction jobs filled by men. Meanwhile, the 10.6% of jobs in arts, entertainment, recreation and food services, which generally offer lower pay, were the seventh highest of all states. Women filled more than 55% of those jobs. Two Louisiana metropolitan areas were among the 10 areas with the highest wage gap between men and women. Women in the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux metro area with full-time, year-round jobs earned $20,315 less than men with similar positions, the fourth largest wage gap. Women in Lake Charles earned $18,462 less, the 10th largest gap.


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