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The St. Louis Wage Gap Is Worse Than Most

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A woman holds a placard (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman holds a placard (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - New numbers have been released which show St. Louis has the fifth-largest wage gap between men and women.

The National Partnership for Women and Families release the numbers annually. The group’s Workplace Fairness Director Sarah Crawford says in St. Louis, women make 75 cents for every dollar men make.

“It’s actually a larger gap than the national average. On average across the country, the gap is 77 cents for every dollar,” she said.

Crawford said that rate is highest in the financial services sector and lowest in construction, possibly due to collective bargaining.

Crawford said for minorities the numbers are even worse. “African-American women are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to white men and Latinas are paid just 55 cents for every dollar.”

The figures come from U.S. Census data and are compiled by comparing the average annual income of men and women.

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