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Marion 34th in U.S. for Gender Pay Equality Improvement, 1st in Indiana Share

Feb 24, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on, Indi­ana has been report­ed to have closed its gen­der pay gap at the 34th fastest rate in the nation and 1st in the state, over the past decade. 

Lend­E­DU released a report using earn­ings data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics for full-time year-round work­ers. In 2010, Mar­i­on had a gen­der pay gap of 28.78%. That gap improved to 18.79% in 2018, a change of 9.82% which proved remark­able for Mar­i­on in com­par­i­son with the rest of the coun­try, let alone its vic­to­ry in Indiana. 

Mar­i­on May­or Jess Alum­baugh said, I believe this shows that employ­ers through­out the City of Mar­i­on under­stand the impor­tance of treat­ing every­one equal­ly in regards to gen­der, race, age, etc. We are def­i­nite­ly trend­ing in the right direction.”

Mar­i­on-Grant Coun­ty Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Kylie Jack­son said the find­ings rein­force what they already know — that Mar­i­on is a great place to work, do busi­ness, buy a home, and find com­mu­ni­ty. She added, The sta­tis­tics are a tes­ta­ment to the hard work of our busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty to pro­vide the best qual­i­ty of life pos­si­ble for their employees.”

Grant Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Growth Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Anne Dun­can stat­ed, The report recon­firms Mar­i­on employ­ers are pro­gres­sive and for­ward thinking.”

Improv­ing the gen­der pay gap is one of the most impor­tant things we can do, and it’s great to see Mar­i­on has tak­en such big strides over the last decade as we head into the new decade,” stat­ed Mike Brown, Research Ana­lyst for LendEDU.

The report also shows how Indi­ana per­formed ver­sus oth­er states. In 2010, Indi­ana had a 28.54% gen­der pay gap. In 2018, it improved by 2.44%…a gap of 26.1%.

The nation­al gen­der pay gap aver­age accord­ing to the report is 18.9% which shows women are mak­ing 81.1% of the medi­an earn­ings for men. Mar­i­on is per­form­ing slight­ly bet­ter than the nation­al average.

The full report and more infor­ma­tion about Lend­E­DU may be found at: https://​lend​e​du​.com/​b​l​o​g​/​c​i​t​i​e​s​-​s​t​a​t​e​s​-​g​e​n​d​e​r​-​p​a​y​-gap/.

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