Women working full-time in Nevada are making less than 82 percent of their male counterparts. That’s according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores why.
Between 2014 and 2015, the ratio of women’s earnings compared to men’s dropped by more than four percentage points. Nevada women are now making just 81.6 percent of men.
That’s a departure from the peak of 88.4 percent in 2011.
David Kong is a statistician with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He says it partly has to do with the types of jobs that women fill in the state.
“In Nevada, about 50 percent of women worked in service and office and administration support occupations,” he says, “compared with only about a third of men.”
Kong says service and administration jobs typically have lower wages than other categories, including hazardous jobs, which males dominate.
He adds that although the ratio has decreased, wages have increased for both groups. And Nevada is actually in line with national rates, and ranks 20th overall.