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Latino Daily News

Saturday October 2, 2010

Unusual Wage-Gap Reversal Happening in Puerto Rico: Women Out Earning Men

Puerto Rico will now not only be known for its beauty and scenic beaches but for being the only place in the U.S. where women out earn the men, this according to a recent Census Bureau report.

Women on the island earn an average of $20,563 while the men are pulling in $19,906.  This is the second year in a row that Puerto Rican women out earned men.  Nonetheless, the people of Puerto Rico have some of the lowest median wages in the country with the average American earning $35,540 per year. 

The reversal of the wage-gap is thought to be the result of Puerto Rican women attaining higher levels of education then Puerto Rican men.  In addition the island is seeing a decline in traditional male jobs like manufacturing and more service sector jobs that traditionally women work in.