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The Gender Wage Gap
The average woman who worked in Alaska in 2015 earned $34,333, and there was nearly a 50 percent chance she worked in health care or in state or local government. She also made 68 percent of what the average Alaska man earned.
Men earn more in nearly 80 percent of Alaska’s occupations and at every age and educational level, even though men and women participate in the workforce at nearly equal rates and work the same number of quarters per year. Forty-eight percent of the state’s workers were women in 2015, but they made 38 percent of total wages.
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Alaska Economic Trends is a monthly magazine whose purpose is to objectively inform the public about a wide variety of economic issues in the state. Trends is funded by the Employment and Training Services Division of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is published by the department's Research and Analysis Section. Trends is printed and distributed by Assets, Inc., a vocational training and employment program. Material in this publication is public information, and with appropriate credit may be reproduced without permission.
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