In economic news:

In 2016, Louisiana women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $659 or 76.4 percent of the $863 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio in Louisiana trended upward from 1997 to 2005 before declining to a series low of 65.0 percent in 2009. Since that time, the general trend has been upward with the ratio reaching a series high of 77.5 percent in 2014. Despite a decline in 2015, the state’s 2016 women’s-to-men’s earnings ratio was the second highest since the series began in 1997.

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