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Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns in U.S.

05.14.09

May 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns in U.S.

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 29th- The United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds will be made available to local communities for job training and employment services to help women in the workplace.

“Women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women of color earn even less. Countless women are losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime. As a result, women often must work longer or harder to make ends meet,” stated Ms. Solis.

She said the Department of Labor is working hard at implementing the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which has had a direct impact on women. While women have a lower overall unemployment rate than the general population, women are also impacted when a spouse loses a job.

“Increases to unemployment insurance and extensions of benefits become the lifeboat for families who are struggling in this recession. The Recovery Act provides a 65 percent tax subsidy for the cost of health benefits, making them more afforable for the unemployed, and will help millions of families keep their health coverage. Additional funds have been made available to local communities for job training and employment services. These programs will help women across generations and socio-economic groups by attaining higher paying, career-ladder jobs in nontraditional fields,” the secretary continued.

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