Laramie, Wy – Research by Department of Employment Analyst Sylvia Jones shows women's wages in Wyoming rank 48th in the United States. Men here are clearly doing better. Only 14 other states boast stronger male earning power.
Women also aren't gaining any ground. From 2004 to 2006, the average man's paycheck grew 4 percent more than the average woman's.
Sarah Mikesell Growney is with the women's awareness campaign Equality Initiatives. She says the disparity goes beyond high-paying male-dominated energy jobs. Mikesell Growney says the trend leads to higher job turnover for women and higher childcare costs.
Meanwhile, in 2006 the average annual wage for a woman in Wyoming was about 21-thousand dollars. Men earned 38-thousand.