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June 15, 2015

New and Improved Data and Statistics

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The Department of Labor has enhanced its Data & Stats portion of its website by adding a new “Earnings” section. This section features a series of charts and graphs showing the most recent annual earnings averages by selected topics and demographic characteristics. Covered areas include Educational Attainment, Age and Occupations.

Highlights include:

  • Women with an advanced degree earn less than men with bachelor’s degrees.
  • Women with an associate’s degree or some college earn less than male high school graduates.
  • The gender wage gap is greatest between men and women with advanced degrees.
  • Men’s earnings increase with age until 55-64 years of age, while women’s earnings reach their peak at 35-44, and then remain stagnant until dropping for those age 65 and older.
  • Almost 4 in 5 occupations had a wage gap of at least 10%.

They have also updated their “Latest Annual Data” section with the 2014 numbers released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This data includes labor force participation rates, unemployment rates, employment by industry, and educational attainment.

Check it out and let us know what you think!


June 20, 2011

Breaking News…Wal-Mart wins in Supreme Court Decision

Breaking News…

The Supreme Court has blocked a sexual discrimination class action lawsuit representing 1.6 million women against Wal-Mart.  The justices agreed that the lawsuit cannot proceed as a class action in its current form.  This reversed a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. 

What’s next for the women who filed the lawsuit?  If they choose to proceed, they may pursue their claims on their own which will make it more difficult to reach a favorable financial verdict.  Additionally, this decision by the Supreme Court may make it more difficult for similar lawsuits to proceed as class action.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion for the court’s conservative majority said there needs to be common elements tying together “literally millions of employent decisions at once.”

But Scalia said that in the lawsuit against the nation’s largest private employer, “That is entirely absent here.”

In a statement, Wal-Mart said, “The court today unanimously rejected class certification and, as the majority made clear, the plaintiffs’ claims were worlds away from showing a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy.”

Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, said “the court has told employers that they can rest easy, knowing that the bigger and more powerful they are, the less likely their employees will be able to join together to secure their rights.”


August 13, 2010

HR Fact Friday: Gap in Female vs. Male Income Not Closing

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Women in New York state earned a median weekly income last year of $720, or about 84 percent of the $858 earned by men in the state, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday, August 10.

Women in the Empire State fared better than other women across the country, who earned a median income of $657, or 80 percent of the $819 nationwide median income brought in by men. But the gap between male and female salaries in New York did not narrow from 2008, when it reached a record high. The numbers reflect workers in full-time wage and salary positions.

“In terms of women making strides, the ratios haven’t changed a lot in the last few years,” said Martin Kohli, a BLS regional economist. “Women have not been making additional gains in terms of closing the wage gap.”



May 21, 2010

HR Fact Friday: Which Occupations Have the Highest Concentration of Women?

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A lot has changed for women in the workplace.  But apparently some things remain the same.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a list of the top 20 leading occupations of women which probably looks a lot like it did years ago.  The jobs and percent occupied by women are:

Secretaries/Admin Assistants (96.8%), Childcare Workers (95%), Accounting Clerks (92.3%), Registered Nurses (92%),  Teacher Assistants (91.6%),  Receptionists (91.5%), Maids (89.5%), Nursing aides (88.5%), Home Care Aids (85.2%),  Office Clerks (82%), Elementary & Middle School Teachers (81.9%),  Cashiers (74.4%), Wait Staff/Servers (71.6%), Office Supervisors (71.3%), Customer Service Reps (67.9%), Accountants (61.8%), Retail Sales (51.9%), Retail Supervisors (44.1%), Cooks (41.5%) and Managers (34.1%).   Overall, women now comprise 47.4% of the workforce.


April 16, 2010

HR Fact Friday: Tall Women Earn More Than Short Ones

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Want a Raise? Better don your stilettos and stand up straighter. Tall women earn more than shorter ones, according to a new British study reported in the Daily Mail. Women who are five feet eight inches or more are twice as likely to earn $46,000 and above annually, which comes out to $8,000 more than their shorter colleagues.

For the study, 1,461 women over age 16 were asked questions about their height and their salary. Some 20 percent of the participants who were in the “tall” category reported annual earnings of $46,000, compared to just 10 percent of women whose height was under 5 feet eight inches.

The study also showed that the taller a woman is, the more comfortable she is with her body. And a quarter of the tall women reported not wanting to change anything about themselves.

Yet 90 percent of the shorter women reported being unhappy with their appearance, according to the research, which was done for the clothing chain, Long Tall Sally.

“Research shows that tall people are consistently more successful in the workplace,” Arianne Cohen, author of “The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life From On High,” told the Mail.

“Research shows that tall people are consistently more successful in the workplace. Not only do they earn more but they’re more likely to be in leadership positions.”

Source: New York Daily News, Rosemary Black


December 4, 2009

HR Fact Friday: Women Hold Half of U.S. Jobs

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For the first time in history, half of all U.S. workers are women, and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of U.S. families, according to a report released Oct. 16, 2009 by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and California first lady Maria Shriver.

The report, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, was co-authored by, among others, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Heather Boushey, CAP senior economist; Ann O’Leary, CAP senior fellow; and John Halpin, CAP senior fellow.

Pointing out that in 1967 women made up only one third of all U.S. workers, the report said women’s changing roles affect the country’s major societal institutions. The report concluded that today’s families need more flexible work schedules, comprehensive child care policies, redesigned family and medical leave, and equal pay for women.

Four out of every five families today with children still living at home are not the traditional “male breadwinner” and “female homemaker” combination, according to the report. In fact, women increasingly are becoming their family’s breadwinner or co-breadwinner, it said. The report pointed out that although women hold half of all jobs, they do not make up half of every type of job. Occupations with high concentrations of women include secretaries, administrative assistants, registered nurses, elementary and middle school teachers, cashiers, and retail sales workers.

The report suggested that government address the new economic and social reality by updating the country’s basic labor standards to include family-friendly employee benefits and overhauling anti-discrimination laws so that employers cannot disproportionately exclude women from workplace benefits.

The report pointed out that the United States is the only industrialized country without any requirement that employers provide paid family leave.

Flexible work arrangements, career paths, and leadership styles are needed that better meet the demands of today’s diverse workforce as well as today’s flexible economic environment, the report said. It urged that these new work policies not be perks for only a chosen few.

Source: BNA HR Report, Vol. 27, No. 41 pg 1142


September 8, 2009

Women Gain as Men Lose Jobs

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Source: USA TODAY, 9/4/2009, Dennis Cauchon

Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women’s roles and massive job losses for men during this recession.

Women held 49.83% of the nation’s 132 million jobs in June and they’re gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s a record high for a measure that’s been growing steadily for decades and accelerating during the recession. At the current pace, women will become a majority of workers in October or November. The data for July will be released Friday.

The change reflects the growing importance of women as wage earners, but it doesn’t show full equality. On average, women work fewer hours than men, hold more part-time jobs and earn 77% of what men make. Men also still dominate higher-paying executive ranks.

Women have been a growing share of the once heavily male labor force for nearly a century, recording big bumps during epochal events such as the Depression and World War II.

This time, the boost came from a severe recession that has been brutal on male-dominated professions such as construction and manufacturing.

Through June, men have lost 74% of the 6.4 million jobs erased since the recession began in December 2007. Men have lost more than 3 million jobs in construction and manufacturing alone.

The only parts of the economy still growing — health care, education and government — have traditionally hired mostly women. That dominance has increased in part because federal stimulus funding directed money to education, health care and state and local governments.

The Postal Service is cutting tens of thousands of unionized, blue-collar jobs dominated by men while new hires are expanding in teaching and other fields dominated by college-educated women.

The gender transformation is especially remarkable in local government’s 14.6 million-person workforce. Cities, schools, water authorities and other local jurisdictions have cut 86,000 men from payrolls during the recession — while adding 167,000 women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.