October 18, 2011 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:49 pm

CT's gender wage-gap growing

Connecticut working females -- best paid among all U.S. women -- are losing ground to the state's working men, taking home nearly 4 percent less now in their weekly paychecks than they did four years ago, federal data shows.

In 2010, Nutmeg women's median $835 full-time pay was 75.8 percent of Connecticut males' median weekly salary of $1,101, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2007, Connecticut females' wages peaked at 79.5 percent of what in-state males earned, the agency said.

For what it's worth, according to census data, Connecticut women are doing far better than their 69.5 percent gender earnings ratio in 1998.

Not surprisingly, women working in the one of the nation's wealthiest states per capita lead the nation when it comes to their salaries. However, the gender-pay disparity is even more glaring when viewed through that lens.

Nationwide, women earned $669, or about 81 percent of the $824 median for men in 2010, the agency's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. West Virginia, at 68.8 percent, had the lowest ratio, while Delaware's 91.3 percent was highest.

Among New England states, Connecticut had the second worst wage-gap. Vermont's 86.2 percent female-to-male pay ratio was highest. Massachusetts was 80.5 percent; Maine 78.6 percent; New Hampshire 77.1 percent; and Rhode Island 75.3 percent.


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