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Louisiana Second Worst State in the U.S. For Working Mothers, Study Says

Ahead of Mother’s Day this Sunday (5.14), a ranking of the best and worst states in America for working moms was released on Monday. WalletHub conducted the survey, analyzing the fifty states and the District of Columbia on key criteria like female unemployment rates and average salaries to the quality of accessible childcare. Louisiana ranked second to last in the study, beating out Alabama for quality of life for mothers. 


According to the findings, the state ranked 24th on the list for work-life balance — a median ranking that indicates Louisiana mothers can find equal time to work hard and let les bon temps roule. 


Louisiana ranked 50th in the country for both child care and professional opportunities. The Boot beat out Alabama for professional opportunities for working mothers. In child care accessibility, Louisiana ranked just above Idaho. 


A more in-depth metric analyzed the the quality of day-care systems, for which the state came in at 48th place. WalletHub also noted that Louisiana was third just below Mississippi and South Carolina for lowest child-care costs as percentage of median women’s income, suggesting that the affordability of raising a child in the state is among the best in the country. 


The team of researchers noted that women make up nearly half of the workforce in the U.S., with over 70 percent of mothers with children under 18 working full-time. Despite the power and presence of working mothers in the U.S., the state's low ranking for professional opportunities perhaps comes at no surprise. Recent projections state that the gender wage gap will exist in Louisiana into the 22nd century


Further findings from the 2017 Best & Worst States for Working Moms study found Louisiana tied with Alaska in fifth place for highest gender pay gap, just below Wyoming (in first), North Dakota, Utah, and Alabama. 


Check out WalletHub's graphic below to check out where all the states rank. 

Source: WalletHub

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