Strong Job Gains for Women in May: Women Gained 189,000 and Men Gained 91,000 Jobs
According to an Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the June employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May women gained 189,000 jobs and men gained 91,000 for a total of 280,000 jobs added in the month. The overall unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5 percent in May from 5.4 percent in April. (In May, the number of people employed increased 272,000 and the number unemployed, but looking for work, grew 125,000 while the number not in the labor force dropped by 208,000.)
In Almost Every U.S. State, Women Are More Likely to Experience Poor Mental Health, but Less Likely to Die from Heart Disease and Breast Cancer, than a Decade Ago
Washington, DC—New data released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), as part of its Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, finds wide disparities across the states and among racial/ethnic groups when it comes to women’s health and safety. IWPR graded each state and the District of Columbia on Health & Well-Being and Reproductive Rights, and analyzed state and national data on Violence Against Women.
Nearly Twice as Many Women as Men Work in Occupations with Poverty Wages
On Equal Pay Day, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released new analysis finding that women earn less than men in almost all of the 116 occupations for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes weekly full-time earnings data for both women and men. In at least 109 of the 116 occupations, including almost all of the 20 most common occupations for women, women made significantly less than men.
Low-Wage, Part-Time, and Service Workers Are the Least Likely to Have Access to Paid Sick Days in Louisiana
New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that 41 percent of Louisiana’s workers lack access to a single paid sick day, and access is especially low among part-time and low-wage workers, communities of color, and service workers in the state.
New Report Projects When Women in Each U.S. State Will Achieve Equal Pay; Five States Won’t See Equal Pay until the Next Century
The first release from Status of Women in the States: 2015, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), finds that, if current trends in narrowing the pay gap in the states continue, the date when women in the United States will achieve equal pay is 2058, but new projections for each state find this date is much further out in the future for women in many parts of the country.