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Census bureau: Women earn $11,500 less than men annually

Women in full-time work earned an average of $11,500 less than their male counterparts in 2012, according to new data released Tuesday from the US census bureau's annual survey.

According to the new survey data, women with full-time, year-round jobs were paid just 7¢ for every dollar paid to men who hold full-time, year-round jobs. The difference in median wages means women earn $11,500 less than men.

Race intensified the wage disparity. African American women were paid 69¢ for every dollar paid to all men, and 64¢ for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Latinas were paid 58¢ for every dollar paid to all men, and 54¢ for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

The number of men working full time increased by 1m, while it was unchanged for women. Nationally the census said median income dropped from $51,100 to $51,017, a change the bureau described as statistically insignificant. The poverty rate, at 15%, was unchanged for the second consecutive year.

Four in 10 US households with children under age 18 now include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family, according to a Pew Research Center study released in May. The figure is the highest on record and has grown steadily throughout the recession.

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