Utah's fourth-worst-in-the-nation wage gap between what men and women earn hurts both individual families and the state's economy. While legislators and educators focus on helping more Utahns get college degrees, they should pay particular attention to females in the Beehive State.
A new study shows that Utah women who work full time made, on average, 70 cents for every dollar earned by Utah men. That is not only the fourth widest wage gap in the country, it is also close to 8 cents per dollar worse than the national average, according to new estimates in the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
The typical full-time working woman in Utah makes $34,062 a year, $14,478 less annually than the typical man. The Utah gap is 44 percent higher than the national gap of $10,061. That translates into a lot of lost earning power; lower incomes, especially for families headed by women; and more women and children in poverty.