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California Counts, Report · November 2004

Women, Work, and Family in California

Deborah Reed

Explores trends in the work participation, earnings, and occupations of California women. Finds that while less than half of California’s working-age women were in the labor market in the late 1960s, over 70 percent are working today. Their annual incomes are about 75 percent higher than in the late 1960s because they are working more hours, earning more per hour, and entering higher-paying occupations. The salaries of married women have been the main source of growth in family income over the past 20 years.


Economic Trends Economy Health & Safety Net Jobs and Employment Population