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December 28, 2012

Women’s pay gap 21 percent

NORMAN — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that American women on average earned 17.7 percent less than men. But women in Oklahoma who are full-time wage and salary workers earned 21 percent less than men on a weekly basis.

The Tulsa World reported on the wage gap this week. Oklahoma women earn median weekly earnings of $601, or 78.6 percent, of the $765 median weekly earnings of men in 2011.

The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses estimates from the Current Population Survey, a national survey of about 60,000 households, according to the newspaper.

Women on the East Coast enjoyed some of the highest earnings. Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut women’s median weekly earnings were more than $800.

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