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Wages for women rise faster than men

But earnings gap persists, including among degree holders

Women continue to earn less than men but their wages rose at nearly double the pace as men between 2000 and 2008, according to a Statistics Canada report released Thursday. In 2008, average annual earnings for women was $30,100, up 13 per cent from 2,000. For men earnings were $46, 900, an increase of seven per cent. Women with a university degree earned $62,800 compared to women with only high school who earned $20,800. For men with a degree their earnings were $91,800 compared to $40,400 for men with only high school. The difference in wages between men and women is partly explained by the fact that women are less likely to work full-time and when they do work full-time they typically work fewer hours than men.

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