The wage gap between men and women in Western New York region is wider than other parts of the state.
The national gender gap persists with women earning 80 cents for every dollar made by a man, according to the 2016 numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the American Association of University Women. Statewide, women earn 89 cents on the dollar.
But the gap is wider in Western New York.
In Rep. Brian Higgins' district, which includes Buffalo and high-density suburban areas, the wage gap mirrors the 80 percent national gap. Men earn an average of $50,880 and women earn $40,640. That ranks 20th among New York State's congressional districts.
In Rep. Chris Collins' district, which covers more rural areas in Western New York, women on average earn 77 percent of what men make. Men earn an average of $53,648 and women $41,210. That gap ranks 26th among the state's congressional districts, second worst in the state.
The AAUW released its gender pay gap report Thursday and recommends that New York lawmakers support additional legislative actions to close the gap.