SOURCE: Institute for Women's Policy Research.
A report released last week from the nonpartisan Institute for Women's Policy Research revealed troubling data about the economic and social challenges facing black women in Louisiana. Among its other findings:
• Black women in Louisiana (and Mississippi) make less money that anywhere else in the country. In 2014, their median annual earnings were just $25,000. The median income for women nationwide was $38,000.
• Louisiana, Massachusetts and Minnesota have the nation's highest percentages of black women employees in service occupations. Only 28.3 percent of black women in Louisiana worked in (better-paid) managerial or professional occupations.
• The report did note Louisiana is the country's fourth-best state for black women business owners; a bright spot in an otherwise-dismal accounting.
To read a summary of the report, visit tinyurl.com/blackwomeninla.