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Gender wage gap yawns wider in Missouri, Illinois

Gender wage gap yawns wider in Missouri, Illinois

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The wage gap between men and women yawns wider in Missouri and Illinois than elsewhere, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average full-time woman worker in Missouri made just 75 percent of the average man's earnings in 2010. Women in Illinois did a little better at 78 percent. The national average is 81 percent.

Women yearning for wage equality can head off to Delaware, which has the smallest wage gap in the nation. Women there earn 91 percent of male wages. West Virginia had the widest gap at 69 percent.

In Missouri, the wage gap has hung in the 75 to 77 percent range since 2003.

The Bureau doesn't blame the gap on the level of male chauvinst piggyness state to state. Instead, the Bureu cites "variations in the occupations and industries found in each state and the age composition of each state's labor force."

Missouri compares a bit poorly on wage levels for both sexes, with median weekly wages for men at $813 and women at $616. Illinois was at $814 for men and $634 for women. The national average is $824 for men and $669 for women.

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