Arizona ranks low in the progress of woman in work force

According to the Phoenix Business Journal , Arizona has the fifth lowest percentage of women in the workforce among U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The August 2014 report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) reveals that just over 55 percent of Arizona women are working.

Only West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi scored lower according to the report, while The District of Columbia, Minnesota, and Nebraska have the highest percentages of women in the workforce.

The report based its findings on the percentage of woman in the labor force, as well as median annual earnings, wage between men and woman, and the number of woman in managerial or professional positions, according to The Washington Post.

Arizona ranked 30th, while also being given a "C" grade, the report states.

Arizona women have small salaries compared to other states, according to the report. The median income of working Arizona women is $36,000 per year while the national median rests at $37,000. Just next door in California, the median wage is $41,600.

Arizona women make smaller earnings compared to other states, however, wages more closely match what men earn. The report shows that in Arizona women make 80 percent of male wages while the national average is 78.6 percent.

Woman in Utah make 69 percent of male wages, while Nevada women make 83.3 percent.

The IWPR report reveals that states still vary considerably when it comes to their progress toward women’s employment and wages. However, it’s worth noting that the status of women in the workforce is strongest in D.C. and the Northeast.

The organization said it will publish an updated report in 2015.

Read more analysis of the report at the Phoenix Business Journal .

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