In this April 6, 2016, file photo, fans stand behind a large sign for equal pay for the women’s soccer team during an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Colombia at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Although weekly earnings for all full-time, salaried workers was up sharply in the first three months of the year, gender and racial pay gaps persist. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Weekly earnings spike in first quarter

American’s wages are rising at the fastest rate since the recovery from the Great Recession began, but gender and race continue to have a negative impact on workers’ paychecks, based on the latest government report on the median weekly earnings of the nation’s 110.7 million full-time wage and salary workers, including about 3.9 million in Ohio.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday that full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $865 in the first quarter of 2017 — up 4.2 percent from a year ago.

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However, women continued to earn less than men, and people of color earned even less than woman, according to the data on usual weekly earnings collected as part of the Current Population Survey, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the BLS.

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In the first quarter this year, women had median weekly earnings of $765, or 80.5 percent of the $950 median for all men. And among the major race and ethnic groups, median weekly earnings for black men working at full-time jobs were $722, or 73.9 percent of the $977 median for white men.

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