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://lendedu.com/blog/cities-states-gender-pay-gap/.