Friday, July 12, 2024

Best and worst states for working moms

Here are the states which are easiest and hardest for working mothers, according to personal finance website WalletHub.

With Mother’s Day around the corner and 73% of women with children under age 18 having been in the labor force during 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms, as well as expert commentary.

In order to help ease the burden on mothers in the workforce, WalletHub compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for a working mother based on 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from the median women’s salary to the female unemployment rate to day-care quality.

Best States for Working MomsWorst States for Working Moms 
1. Massachusetts42. Arizona
2. Rhode Island43. Nevada
3. Connecticut44. Oklahoma
4. District of Columbia45. New Mexico
5. Wisconsin46. Idaho
6. Minnesota47. West Virginia
7. Vermont48. Mississippi
8. New Jersey49. Alabama
9. Maine50. South Carolina
10. Delaware51. Louisiana
Best vs. Worst
  • South Dakota has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 12.90 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in New York, the highest at 30.52 percent.
  • North Dakota has the highest number of childcare workers per 1,000 children younger than 14, 24, which is eight times higher than in Delaware, the lowest at 3.
  • Tennessee has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, 450.16 percent, which is 15.1 times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 29.90 percent.
  • Maryland has the lowest share of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 24.00 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 46.70 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

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