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Analysis: Indiana Has 12th Highest Gender Wage Gap

Source: National Partnership for Women & Families analysis of U.S. Census Bureau Data.

An analysis from the National Partnership for Women & Families shows Indiana has the 12th highest pay gap between genders.

The analysis is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report says Hoosier women make 76 cents for every dollar a man makes, making the gender pay gap roughly 24 cents. The gap has slightly narrowed in recent years. Nationally, women make about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.

The report, released just before Equal Pay Day, says Indiana women lose a combined total of nearly $16 billion each year.

The gap is significantly higher for women of color in the Hoosier state. Black women in Indiana make just 66 cents for every dollar a white man makes, compared to the national average of 63 cents on the dollar. Hoosier Latinas make roughly 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

Researchers say if the Indiana wage gap were eliminated, a woman working full-time would make enough money to pay for 10 months of mortgage and utilities payments or the full cost of tuition and fees at a two-year community college.

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