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Study: Louisiana ranks last in pay equality

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

State legislators may look to tackle the ongoing issue of equal pay even more this upcoming State Legislative session. All this after a new study shows Louisiana is dead last in wage differences between men and women.

The study was done by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, the average earnings of men were roughly $48,000 a year, compared to $31,000 for women. It shows women make only 66% as much as men.s Jonas is with the American Association of University Women, an organization focused on women's rights. She said that something has to change.

“It's important,” said Jonas. “Why shoud I get paid less if I do the same job?”

The man who runs this state, Gov. Bobby Jindal, didn't offer a lot of specifics but he said the state is planning to take on the issue in the near future.

“At the end of the day we think that any kind of discrimination is wrong,” explained Jindal. “I know there are a number of legislators looking at that issue again in this year's session.”

For more information on the study and the AAUW, visit HERE.

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