The earnings gap between men and women in Jackson and Josephine counties inched a little closer toward parity last year, but local women still have a long way to go before they reach equal footing with men.
According to wage figures compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, working women in Jackson County earned approximately 68.1 percent of what men brought home last year for the same work. In Josephine County, women earned 66.4 percent as much as their male counterparts.
Over the past 19 years, the local earnings gap has steadily decreased. In 1991, Jackson County women earned just 57.8 percent of men, while Josephine County women were at 59.7 percent.
The largest disparities between the sexes occur in higher-paying jobs, which mirrors state and national trends. At the lower end of the pay scale, men and women earn closer to the same wages.