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February 8, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: North Dakota

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of North Dakota.

January 27, 2016
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Unmarried Women and the Wage Gap

Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a step toward closing the pay gap between men and women. Progress has been made since then, but women still only make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, and the disparity is even greater for unmarried women, who earned just 69 percent compared to every dollar a man makes.

One out of every two women in the United States is unmarried – divorced, separated, widowed or never been married – and their numbers are growing rapidly. This November, for the first time in our history there will be more unmarried women eligible to vote than married women.

But unmarried women are living in a very different, harsher economic reality than married women:

  • Unmarried women are twice as likely as married women to be unemployed. (7.3% unmarried women; 3.1% married women)
  • Unmarried women are four times as likely as married women to be living in poverty. (21.7% unmarried women; 5.6% married women)
  • Unmarried women are more than three times more likely than married women to earn the minimum wage (45.4% unmarried women; 13.5% married women) or below minimum wage (49.7% unmarried women; 15.9% unmarried women)

Clearly, for unmarried women, “equal pay can’t wait.” But at the current rate, the pay gap won’t be eliminated for more than 100 years. That’s why we are applauding state lawmakers in more than 20 states who will celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act on January 29th by joining a nationally-coordinated effort to introduce legislation in their states to ensure women are paid equally for doing the same work as men.

See what the wage gap is in your state. The disparity from state to state is startling.

January 27, 2016

The Wage Gap, State by State

State-by-state data on the wage gap between men and women, with breakdowns for married and unmarried women.

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State-by-state data on the wage gap between men and women, with breakdowns for married and unmarried women.

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Significant Digits: 40 Percent

538 highlights Rebecca Traister's story on how important unmarried women will be this cycle: Their numbers are growing, bringing “massive social and political implications.” In 2012, unmarried women were 23 percent of the electorate, and for the first time it’s expected that...

Unmarried Women and the Wage Gap

Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a step toward closing the pay gap between men and women.

2016 Primary Spotlight: New Hampshire

On February 9, New Hampshire voters will begin to winnow the field of presidential contenders. The New Hampshire primary is the first in the series of nationwide party primary elections (Iowa uses a caucus rather than a primary) and since 1952 it has been a major testing ground for candidates for both the Republican and Democratic nominations. Even though only a few delegates will be chosen in the New Hampshire primary, the massive media coverage it receives can make, break, or revive candidacies. One of the unique characteristics of the Granite State primary is that 60 percent of the voters who turn out in the two primaries have met at least one candidate.

Demographically, New Hampshire is very different than the rest of the nation. Its population is 1.5 percent African-American; the country is 13.2 percent African-American. People in New Hampshire are more educated and more likely to be homeowners than are residents of other states.

According to the most recent census data:

  • Women make up more than half of the state’s population.
  • 46.3% of New Hampshire’s women are unmarried.
  • Unmarried women make up 23.6% of the eligible voters in New Hampshire.
  • 61% of unmarried women are registered to vote.

A detailed demographic analysis done for the Voter Participation Center shows that unmarried women have a large and vital economic stake in the outcome of the presidential election:

  • Unmarried women have the highest unemployment rate in the state – 6.5%.
  • They earn substantially less than married women. Unmarried women in New Hampshire earn close to 62% (61.8%) of what a man earns; married women earn close to 90% (89.8%).
  • Unmarried women are more than 7 times as likely to live in poverty (14.4 %) than married women (1.7%).
  • About seven in ten of all minimum wage or below-minimum wage workers in New Hampshire are women.

Next up: South Carolina

January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: United States

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the United States as a whole.

Report updated May 2017

January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: South Carolina

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of South Carolina.

January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: Oregon

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Oregon.

January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: Minnesota

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Minnesota.

January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: Connecticut

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Connecticut.

Report updated June 15, 2017.

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A statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Connecticut. (Updated June 15, 2017)
January 26, 2016

Statistical Profile of Unmarried Women: Georgia

Our research team has compiled available data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources to put together this statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Georgia.

Report updated August 2016

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A statistical profile of the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Georgia. (Updated August 2016)
A narrative brief outlining the demographic and economic circumstances facing unmarried women in the state of Georgia. (Updated August 2016)