WPR News
10:14 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Report: wage gap getting bigger

Laramie, Wyo – For years, Wyoming has had the largest gap between men's and women's average wages in the nation. But the newest finding might come as a surprise.

"It's actually getting worse,"

That's Teresa de Groh, chair of the Wyoming Council for Women's Issues. The council has found that in 2006, men on average were earning 17-thousand-dollars more than women each year.

De Groh says one reason is that "non-traditional" jobs, jobs held more often by men, are paying increasingly high salaries.

She says women are often able to hold these jobs - but culture and company policies can be restrictive.

"Child care benefits are important. Health insurance benefits are important. All these things affect their earning power."

DeGroh says one way companies can deal with employee shortages: provide these benefits.