WV WOMEN FARING AMONG WORST IN NATION

Wallet Hub, in a new analysis, says women in West Virginia are not faring very well when it comes to life expectancy after birth, financial earnings and the odds of owning a business, also that a high percentage of women in the Mountain State are living in poverty.

The findings are in WalletHub’s 2016 Best & Worst States for Women that used 15 key metrics to determine the most women friendly states in the USA.

Ranking down on the list at 44th, West Virginia women ranked 46th for median earnings; 18th for unemployment rate; 42nd for percentage living in poverty; 42nd for share of women-owned businesses; 32nd for high school dropout rate; 31st for uninsured rate; 50th for life expectancy at birth; and 33rd for preventative health care.

The states that were rated lower than West Virginia were in the south.

WV Statistics shows a major gap in unequal pay between men and women when they retire, according to Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, John Deskins.

Women’s Policy Research has ranked West Virginia last in the United States, women in the state making about 66 cents for every dollar that a man earns.

When analyzing retirement money at the poverty level, men on average make about $27,000 and women make about $16,000.