The gender pay gap in Idaho's state workforce: Why do women earn less?

The longer Gem State workers stay on the job, the broader the divide between men'sand women's pay, data show.


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Year after year, Idaho gets slapped with an unwelcome designation: It's one of the states where women earn the least compared to men.

A recent study of the "gender wage gap" found the typical woman worker in Idaho earns 75.2 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart. The gender wage gap has also been an issue at the top levels of state government.

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