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Arizona ranked among worst states for working moms

Posted at 7:16 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 10:18:21-04

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A new WalletHub study is revealing how Arizona stacks up to other states when it comes to working mothers.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that more than 74% of mothers with children are working. While progress is being made in the work force to help women, there are other factors that can make life easier for those with kids.

WalletHub compared data across 16 key metrics to identify the best and worst states for working moms.

Based on child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance, Arizona ranks 42nd in the nation. When calculating scores for child care, WalletHub looked into factors like the quality of day care, the costs, school systems and pediatricians. For the working mothers, WalletHub assessed the median women's salary, the so-called "gender pay gap," and the share of working women living with economic security or in poverty.

The best state for working moms is Massachusetts while the worst is Louisiana.