What the Gender-Pay Gap in Clothing Says About U.S. Wage Growth

Thinking of a job selling clothes? Better try a men’s store — and avoid women’s wear — if you want to make decent money.

Workers at men’s apparel stores earned an average $23.13 an hour in November, a whopping 56 percent more than the $14.81 wage at women’s retailers — a gap that’s widened from less than 10 percent about two years earlier, according to Labor Department data.

Women are also losing when it comes to jobs in these kinds of stores. Clothing and accessories retailers cut 25,200 women from payrolls in the 12 months through October 2017, while adding 3,200 men, according to a December report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.



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