According to a study conducted by Wallet Hub, our very own state of Massachusetts has been named the best state for working moms.

As we know, not all states are equal when it comes to job opportunities for working moms. Wallet Hub's study found the best and worst states for working moms. The results of the study were arrived at after comparing states across several key metrics in three main categories:

  • Child Care
  • Professional Opportunities
  • Work-Life Balance

Massachusetts ranked number one overall out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Massachusetts also ranked number one in work-life balance, number two in child care, and 15th in professional opportunities.

Washington D.C. actually came in at number two on the list and what's perhaps not so surprising to many is that New England states were well represented in the top 10 with Vermont and Connecticut in the top 5. Rhode Island made it into the top 10 and also New York, landing at number nine.

At the bottom of the list were Louisiana at No. 51, following by Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Massachusetts received 65.12 points. The lowest state, Louisiana, had 26.69 points.

The study found that nearly 66% of mothers with children under 18 are active in the workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected the unemployment numbers of mothers when compared to their male counterparts, but they have rebounded at a faster rate.

Working moms still face an uphill battle in the workplace, as their average hourly wage is only 85% of what men make. The study also showed that, based on the 2020 presidential election, red states scored slightly higher for friendliness to working moms than blue states.

There's lots more interesting info to be found on the study. Check it out here.

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