Today NWLC released new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 data, featuring an interactive map that shows the share of minimum wage workers in each state who are women, tracks state-level developments in minimum wage legislation, and highlights data on the minimum wage and the wage gap in a state-by-state chart.
Here are some of the top highlights from the new data:
- In 2014, about half or more of minimum wage workers in every state were women—and in 22 states, women accounted for more than six in ten minimum wage workers.
- In six states, roughly seven in ten or more minimum wage workers were women:
- Louisiana had the largest share of minimum wage workers who were women at nearly eight in ten, followed by Arkansas at about three-quarters and Pennsylvania at nearly three-quarters.
- In New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Maine, about seven in ten minimum wage workers were women.
- These six states are especially likely to pay low wages:
- In five of the six states the minimum wage in 2014 was $7.25 per hour, the lowest level permitted under federal law. In the sixth, Maine, the minimum wage was only slightly higher at $7.50 per hour.
- Arkansas voters approved a ballot initiative in 2014 that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by 2017, but Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and North Dakota remain in the minority of states that have not raised their minimum wages above the federal level.