Infographics: Happy Belated Labor Day

You may have noticed our (relative) absence yesterday. That’s because it was Labor Day, which we observed by not blogging (too much). But we want to wish everyone a Happy Belated Labor Day! These infographics represent some issues we should be thinking about not just on Labor Day, but all year round. Because labor and exploitation effects everyone. Like (and these are obviously intersecting groups)…


Earnings Gap Between Women and Men










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This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you find any good infographics representing populations who aren’t represented here, please comment with a link and I will add.


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  • John

    I found it curious that they chose to compare black and Latina women to all men instead of to black and Latino men. It was also curious that they left out white women. It’s probably because white women out earn black and Latino men. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 second quarter.

    “•The women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.1 percent as much as their male counterparts, compared with black (91.6 percent), Asian (77.1 percent), and Hispanic women (94.2 percent). (See table 2.)

    •Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black men working at full-time jobs were $666, or 75.3 percent of the median for white men ($885). The difference was less among women, as black women’s median weekly earnings ($610) were 85.0 percent of those for white women ($718). Overall, median weekly earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($572) were lower than those of blacks ($634), whites ($799), and Asians ($973). (See table 2.)”

    Now let’s look at hours worked. According to the BLS

    White men worked 40.9 hours to white women’s 35.6 or women worked 87% of what men worked. 86% adjusted for overtime. Black men worked 39.4 hours compared to black women’s 36.8 or black women worked 93% of what a black man worked. Asian men worked 40.8 hours as opposed to Asian women’s 37.1 or Asian women worked 91% the hours of Asian men 90% adjusted for overtime. Latinos worked 39.1 hours compared to Latinas 35.2 or Latinas worked 90% of what Latinos worked. Black women made almost as much as men when accounting for hours worked 91.6% on 93% of hours. Latinas actually made 94.2 percent of what a Latinos made while only working 90% of the hours.

    This still doesn’t adjust for job or shift differential, etc. The wage gap seems to be more predicated on race than on gender. One other thing that I found interesting is the wealthiest group, Asians, had the largest difference between men and women and the poorest group, Latinos, actually had women earning more per hour and if you included whites and blacks the trend holds. The difference shrinks as people make less.