Working women in Idaho leapt ahead in wages in 2013, while men slid backwards.
Median weekly wages for full-time working women in Idaho were 5.7 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wages for Idaho men fell 5.6 percent during the same year-long period.
The increase for women's wages was among the highest in the country, and Idaho ranked 35th nationally for women's wages, the Idaho Department of Labor said Thursday.
But for men, Idaho's wage loss was the most severe in the country, and it dropped Idaho to 49th for men's wages nationally, the department said.
Both genders in Idaho showed a stark contrast to the U.S. as a whole.
The median wage nationwide rose 0.7 percent for men and rose 2.2 percent for women.
The shifts in median wage also narrowed the wage gap between the genders in Idaho — so much so that Idaho jumped 33 spots in national wage-gap rankings.
Idaho working women made about 86 cents for every dollar their male counterparts made, the department said. The previous year, women made about 78 cents for every dollar Idaho men made.
"Since women make up only 38 percent of Idaho's full-time workforce, the increase in their median wage was just enough to offset the decline in the wage for men, so that the median wage for all full-time workers was essentially unchanged from 2012 at $707 a week, to rank 40th among the states," the Idaho Department of Labor said.