The Wall Street Joiurnal's Eric Morath looks at third-quarter Labor Department figures that show the gender pay gap isn't getting any better--in fact, it's getting worse.
In the third quarter, full-time working men on average earned $889 per week, a 2.2% year-over-year increase. Yet, women's pay tallied $721 on average in the third quarter, up just 0.8% from a year ago.
The latest data marks the third straight quarter that the increase in male earnings was at least double that of female workers. As a result, women who work full time earned 81.1 cents for every dollar a man earned from July through September. That’s down more than a penny from a year earlier.
Until this year, the gap had narrowed during most of the current economic expansion. But that was largely because male earnings were weak—declining in five quarters between 2010 and 2014—and women mostly saw modest gains.