May 20, 2005
Contact:Joyce D'Orsi (401) 462-8762
Labor MArket Information
During the past
several years, the earnings gap between Ocean State men and women has shrunk.
In 1998, the female-to-male earnings ratio stood at 71.2 percent. One year later,
women in Rhode Island earned 76.5 percent of what men did. It remained around
that level until 2002, when the ratio increased to 78.7 percent. During this
period, Rhode Island women experienced a much faster growth in median weekly
earnings (full-time wage and salary workers) than men did. In 1998, females
earned $455 weekly compared to $638 earned by males. By 2003, women's median
weekly earnings had increased 27.3 percent (+$124), to $579. In contrast, Ocean
State males experienced just a 13.3 percent (+$85) increase in median weekly
earnings between 1998 and 2003.
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The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training offers a wide array of employment and training services to both the general public and to individuals with unusual barriers to employment. DLT is ready to assist any job seeker, whether the goal is a first job, a better job, or a career change. Rhode Island's work force is protected through the enforcement of labor laws, prevailing wage rates, and work place health and safety standards. Temporary income support is available to unemployed, sick, or injured workers and a comprehensive rehabilitation program is available to those injured on the job.DLT is dedicated to the growth and competitiveness of Rhode Island industry, administering a variety of training grants, tax credits, and apprenticeship programs to help employers. Economic indicators and labor market information are available for long-range planning. The Agency engages in active outreach, helping large and small employers retain their best workers or retrain their existing work force. At no cost to the employer, DLT will also screen job applicants, post job vacancies, and help businesses institute cost-sharing programs that can avert layoffs.For more information on the innovative programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders at the Department of Labor and Training, please call (401) 462-8000 or visit our web site at www.dlt.ri.gov
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