Va. Wage Gap Between Men and Women Improves

RICHMOND, Va. — New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that men continue to earn more money than woman in Virginia.

The survey released Tuesday shows the full-time wages of Virginia women were 80.5 percent of what men earned in 2011, up 5.3 percentage points from the year before.

In basic terms, that means that in 2011, a woman earned just over 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

Nationally, women earned 82.2 percent of what men earned in 2011. The ratio of female-to-male earnings in 2011 varied from 68.7 percent in Louisiana to 89.9 percent in California.

Officials say the numbers in Virginia have fluctuated considerably since 1997, ranging from a low of 72.4 percent in 2000 to a high of 81.7 percent on 2002.

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