Businesses are still hiring more women than men, but the gender pay gap has narrowed significantly, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But for the first time, the gap between women and men has narrowed to under $10 an hour, according the BLS.
The gap is smaller than what the gender gap has been for the last 15 years, the report found.
Women’s earnings are up 8% in the past year, and they earned an average of $23.13 per hour in the first quarter of 2017.
Men’s earnings have grown only 2%, and they have earned an estimated $21.07 per hour.
Both genders earn an average wage of $44.15 an hour.
Women also are more likely to earn a high-paying job, and their average wage has grown to $47.04 an hour from $42.91 an hour a decade ago.
Women are still more likely than men to earn lower-paying jobs, but they are earning about the same.
They earned an hourly wage of just $17.82 in 2016, up from $16.90 in 2005.
The number of women earning higher-paying positions is growing, too.
The average hourly wage for female executives rose to $35.17 in 2016 from $33.91 in 2005, according for the BSA.
For men, the average hourly wages for men rose to just over $35 an hour in 2016.
Both are up slightly from a decade earlier.
Women earned an increase in hourly wages of 1% in 2016 to $26.77, and men increased their average hourly earnings to $28.27 from $26 an hour earlier.
The BLS also found that the gender-pay gap has fallen significantly in the last two decades, from 23.4% in 1990 to just under 4% in 2015.
The report is based on a detailed analysis of the data, which includes interviews with 1,081,000 Americans, including 4,973,000 women and 1,061,900 men.
It also looked at information on pay in private sector jobs, which are not covered in the report.
The study includes more than 500 million jobs.
The bureau found that for women, the percentage of the jobs that pay at least $9 an hour has risen from 31.3% in 1999 to 46.6% in 2017.
The percentage of women who are in the labor force has fallen from a high of 63.9% in 2000 to a low of 46.3%, and the percentage working part-time has fallen to just 25.6%.
For men in the same age bracket, the labor-force participation rate has fallen below 70%.
“These numbers show that women have made significant progress in getting ahead over the past two decades and that they are still far behind men,” said Rebecca P. Blanton, president and CEO of the Bakersfield-based Women in Business Institute, in a statement.
But women still are still behind men when it comes to getting into the workforce, said Elizabeth L. Jones, president of the American Council on Education, in an interview.
“The gap is still there, and it’s bigger for women than it is for men.
They’re still in a pay gap with men,” she said.
Jones said the BPA survey shows that the overall gender pay growth is just not enough to close the gap.
“We know that women are paid less than men for equal work,” she told NBC News.
“It’s not a matter of whether women have the ability to perform the work, it’s a matter about whether they can get paid for it.”
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