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The Hard Economic Fact for Unmarried Women: They Make Less

October 15, 2015

A look at median income by marital status reveals two facts to consider as the nation and states contemplate increasing the minimum wage, allowing workers to earn paid sick time, and enacting other policies and programs that would touch and improve the lives of most Americans:

Unmarried women make less than other Americans.
Single women and men make less than married people.


Married men make close to 40 percent more ($22,319) than women who are divorced, separated, widowed or who never have been married.