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Analysis: North Dakota a Top State for Working Moms

North Dakota ranks as one of the best states in the nation when it comes to employment opportunities for working mothers, according to new research from WalletHub. (iStockphoto)
North Dakota ranks as one of the best states in the nation when it comes to employment opportunities for working mothers, according to new research from WalletHub. (iStockphoto)
May 5, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. - Just before Mother's Day, a new report lists North Dakota near the top of the pack when it comes to the best and worst states for working moms. Out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, North Dakota ranked fourth best on WalletHub's "Best and Worst States for Working Moms" report.

Jill Gonzales, an analyst with WalletHub, said they looked at a variety of state policies and found that North Dakota excels in several areas, including work-life balance and women's pay.

"One of them was having the best female unemployment rates in the country, the lowest rate that we saw at 2.8 percent, so obviously that cannot be beat," she said. "At the same time, they have great daycare, it's third best in quality."

But, Gonzalez said North Dakota's lack of a paid family-leave policy is holding it back from earning a higher ranking.

The report also found the gender pay gap still is a big problem for North Dakota. Nationally, women are making about $.79 on the dollar compared with men, but Gonzalez said it's even lower in the Roughrider State.

"The gender pay gap is the one thing that could still be worked on," she added. "It's beneath the national average; women are making 77 cents on the dollar there."

The report also pointed out that child-care costs in North Dakota make up a larger percentage of women's monthly bills compared with most other states. Gonzalez said that could be because of the high quality.

The full report can be read online "https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-working-moms/3565/#main-findings" target="parent">here.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - ND