US: The gender pay gap narrowed by less than a penny

Women who managed to stay in the workforce during the pandemic recession last year were exposed decrease in income And a little bit of improvement in The gender pay gap, according to data released Tuesday by the Statistics Bureau United State.

in 2020, Women who worked full time earned 83 cents for every dollar that men madecompared to 82.3 cents a year earlier. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center found that the pay gap remained unchanged from last year when part-time workers were included. The Non-white women have larger pay gaps.

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According to the Census Bureau report on income and poverty, women also suffered from a 1.2% decrease in average income compared to the previous year. The variance between male workers was not statistically significant.

Much of the gender pay gap is due to women’s underrepresentation in higher-paying jobs and fields. The slight narrowing of the gap in 2020 was not due to an increase in women’s income, but to the fact that women Women working in low-paid sectorsEmily Martin, vice president of the National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., said they have disproportionately lost jobs such as retail and hospitality.

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“The wage gap appears to be narrowing artificially,” Martin said in an emailed statement. “But the There are still wage gaps by race and gender They steal tens of thousands of dollars from women general“.

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Overall, the median US household income fell 2.9% last year compared to 2019. The official poverty rate increased one percentage point.

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