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New York ranks at top of list for women's earning equality

Rochester Business Journal
August 25, 2014

New York State ranks second nationwide in women’s earnings equality, a new report from WalletHub shows.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—ranked states based on 10 key metrics for its 2014’s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality. The report looks at earnings gap, executive positions gap, minimum-wage workers gap and political representation gap, among other things.

WalletHub notes that in 2013 the U.S. failed to make the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-equal countries, and its ranking has fallen since 2011.

But New York State ranked sixth for its educational attainment gap and its unemployment rate gap. The state ranked 11th for earnings gap and minimum-wage workers gap, and 12th for executive positions gap.

Hawaii ranked first overall, while Wyoming ranked last on the report. New York ranked fourth for workplace environment, 17th for education and health rank and 18th for political empowerment rank.

The nation’s smallest pay gap is in Arizona, according to the report, while the smallest work hours gap is in Nevada. The largest educational attainment gap is found in Utah. Utah also has the largest executive positions gap.

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