PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 4, 2017) – On Equal Pay Day, the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Women and Work noted that New Jersey ranks dead last in pay equity for Latina women and near the bottom in pay equity for African-American, Native, and White women. The rankings, calculated by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in Washington, highlight the need for greater wage transparency and accountability.
“The pay gap puts a dollar value on the discrimination that women still face in the workforce in multiple forms,” said Terri Boyer, Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. “That ranges from devaluing jobs that are traditionally held by women, to workplace practices that systematically disadvantage women and the choices that they make. The stubborn persistence of the pay gap is a reflection of how deep, and often invisible to the casual observer, these factors can be.”
New Jersey ranks 17th overall, with women making 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is slightly better than the national average of 80 cents. However, the NWLC analysis revealed a sizeable ethnic disparity within the Garden State when women’s earnings are compared to those of white, non-Hispanic men (ranked from highest to lowest earnings):
Ethnic Subgroup of Women at Work in New Jersey
Women’s Earnings vs. Every Dollar a White, Non-Hispanic Man Earns
How New Jersey Ranks vs. All 50 States and Washington, D.C.
“Wage inequalities are particularly stark in New Jersey because men’s wages are so high – we rank second in the nation for white, non-Hispanic men,” said Dana Britton, Director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. “Our proximity to New York’s financial district and the mix of highly profitable industries in the state pushes wages up, but for some workers more than others. The gaps are so large for Latina workers because they are disproportionately concentrated in lower paying occupations in the service and logistics sectors.”
Just as the pay gay varies from state to state, it also varies from region to region within the state. An analysis of New Jersey’s congressional districts by the American Association of University Women finds:
- The smallest gap is in New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Jersey City and Newark and other municipalities. Women earn 92 cents for every dollar a man earns.
- The largest gap is in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties. Women earn just 67 cents for every dollar a man earns.
The Center for Women and Work made the announcement on Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date on which women’s earnings nationwide finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year.
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