Wage gap differs by county
Cheyenne, Wy –
For the first time, the Wyoming Department of Employment has documented the wage gap by county. A wage gap is the difference between what a man makes on the job versus what a woman makes. In Laramie County, the wage gap is the smallest in the state. The Wyoming Department of Employment's Sylvia Jones says women there make 70 cents for every dollar that men make.
"What you see is that the wages are closer together not because the wages for women are hugely higher than they are in other counties, it's just that the wages for men are lower."
Jones says that's because men in Cheyenne are more likely to work in government than in the oil and gas fields. Data shows Weston County has the largest wage gap. Women there made 43 cents for every dollar that men make.