The Hill article 538 million Americans, a third of the adult population, earn less than $50,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Women earn even less.
More than half of women between the ages of 25 and 54, and nearly a third, are women.
Women make up more than a quarter of the nation’s labor force, but earn just 25 percent of all federal jobs.
The gender wage gap is especially troubling when you consider the fact that women have been disproportionately impacted by the Great Recession.
There is no question that women are more likely to experience job losses as a result of the recession, with many women now experiencing a pay gap between their earnings and the wages they earned in the previous year.
Women have experienced even greater wage gains in the past decade.
In 2012, women earned an average of $13,000 more than men in the United States, and in 2014, women’s pay climbed by 6.4 percent to $57,000 per year.
According to the BLS, the median household income for a woman in 2016 was $47,000.
Women earned an even higher average of nearly $58,000, while men earned $40,000 less.
While women are making a significant wage increase, the wage gap between men and women continues to widen.
In 2015, women made 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and a full $7 more than they earned a decade earlier.
For the average worker, a wage gap of more than $10,000 is statistically significant.
But in some industries, it’s even more pronounced.
The gender wage premium in retail sales has increased by more than 25 percent since 2000, according a report released by the Economic Policy Institute, which is led by economist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Claudia Goldin.
At the same time, women have lost their jobs in many industries that once employed a lot of them, including the financial services sector, information technology, education, and the healthcare industry.
With the economy struggling, the U.S. could lose a large percentage of its workforce, according the Berenberg Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports economic growth.
Berenberg estimates that between the beginning of 2017 and the end of 2020, 2.4 million American workers would lose their jobs.
In that time, more than 4.4 billion jobs could be lost in the U