According to 2016 census estimates, there are approximately 5.2 million women in North Carolina, who make up 51% of the state’s population. Slightly more than 57% of women in North Carolina are in the labor force. A new state government publication released in 2018 examines the economic progress of women in North Carolina. The report, Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings, was published by the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. The Council on Women’s mission is to advise the Governor, the legislature and state agencies on the issues impacting women in North Carolina. This report is the first in a series of four planned publications from the council on the status of women in North Carolina. Though some progress has been made, the gender wage gap for women still needs improvement. 

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