Pay gaps along demographic lines such as race, gender and ethnicity remain marked in New York City’s urban workforce, as revealed on Thursday in a new City Council report.
The annual report, which is required by a law passed by the Council in 2019, found that women working for the city earn an average of 73 cents for every dollar a man earns. It also found that black city workers earn 71 cents on every dollar earned by white workers, Latinos earn 75 cents on every dollar of white wages, and Asians get 85 cents on the dollar for white workers.
The report focused on 2019 city wage data and attributed the discrepancies to what was termed ‘occupational segregation’ – the fact that white men hold higher paid positions than women and people of color.
When comparing employees from different demographic groups who hold the same civil service ranks, the report found that the pay gap was much less pronounced. Under these circumstances, for every dollar a white man earned, women, Hispanics and Asians earned an average of 99 cents, while blacks earned 98 cents.
“We’ve long realized that even within our city workforce, the pay gap exists along racial and gender lines,” said council chairwoman Adrienne Adams. “Black, Hispanic and Asian women are particularly affected by these wage inequalities. As the most diverse and first council with the majority of women, we will not rest until all New York workers are valued on a par with their wages and their contribution to our city, regardless of gender or race. “
The latest figures are similar to those released last year, which were based on 2018 wage data – but also show some key differences. While the pay gap was minimal when comparing people with the same job titles in the 2018 and 2019 data, the gaping gaps were more pronounced in the 2018 data. Blacks earned 67 for every dollar earned by white workers this year. cents, Latinos 74 cents, and Asians 83 cents. Women earned an average of 73 cents compared to white workers.
While these changes represented a “slight” improvement, the Council noted that the wage gap “persists”, according to the report.
“The data confirm that non-white and female employees mainly occupy the civil service titles with the lowest median wages,” the report concluded. “The same groups represent a much smaller proportion of employees who occupy the job titles with the highest median wages.”
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