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Arizona Has Lower Average Gender Pay Gap, But A Wide Gap Between White Men And Latina Women

April 2 marked Equal Pay Day this year, an issue still pervasive in the U.S. and across the world.

In Arizona, full-time females working year-round on average make 85 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker makes, which amounts to roughly a $7,000 annual difference. This dollar to cent ratio, however, is five cents smaller than the national wage gap of 80 cents to the dollar.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average, women employed full-time in the United States lose a combined total of more than $900 billion every year due to the wage gap.

Women of color have a much larger disparity, with Latina women facing the most inequity. For every dollar a white, non-Hispanic male makes in Arizona, a Latina woman makes 53 cents.

“If you're looking at childcare costs, if we close that annual wage gap, Latinas in the state could pay for 38 more months of child care,” said Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst for the National Partnership For Women & Families, the organization that compiled the census data for the annual report.

The report also included that, for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man year-round, other minority groups earn the following: 56 cents for Native American women, 65 cents for Black women, 80 cents for White women and 81 cents for Asian American women.

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