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MI Top Ten in Gender Wage Gap

Michigan has the seventh-highest gender wage gap in the country, according to a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy. And that comes despite what the report calls “dramatic” wage losses for men since 1979 and stagnating or modest increases for women. In Michigan, women earn only 74 cents for each dollar earned by a male, according to the report. In the meantime, Michigan’s minimum wage increases to $8.15 per hour on Monday from the current $7.40, something the MLPP says is a “step in the right direction.” But the MLPP says that while the minimum wage helps more female workers due to their high employment in low-wage jobs, it’s not enough to close the gender gap. The MLPP says an increase to $10.10 per hour would have been better.

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