Ladies, don't celebrate that promotion or raise just yet. Working women in the United States still face a bigger wage gap than those in other countries.
Of 38 countries assessed in the International Labour Organization's Global Wage Report 2014/15, released Friday, Americans had the widest reported total gap, at 36 percent. That's a bigger paycheck bite than the Census Bureau's most recent estimate, which has women earning 78 cents for every dollar men earned. In comparison, the ILO report's front-runner, Sweden, has a pay gap of just 4 percent. (See chart below for a comparison of the gaps in developed countries.)
There's a lot of nuance in those numbers, though. Census Bureau figures focus on men and women working full-time. "In other countries, the part-time workers, the hourly wages are more equal than they are here," said Jeff Hayes, a study director for the Institute for Women's Policy Research. That could account for some of the ILO's wider gap.
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