The wage gap is a staggering number in North Dakota and is the 5th highest throughout the U.S.

In North Dakota, for every dollar men make, women make just 71 cents. On a national average, women make 80 cents for every dollar men make. This, according to the National Women's Law Center.

The numbers become even more skewed in terms of parents. Mothers make 67 cents for every dollar fathers make in North Dakota.

The highest median earnings throughout the state are in the industries of mining, quarrying and oil, and gas extraction. For men, the average monthly earnings in these industries were $8364 compared to $6180 for women.

The highest percentage of women work in health care and social assistance making a yearly average salary at $28,911 compared to men's average salary of $42,389.

Currently, bills are being looked at in the House that bring equal pay to the forefront. However, nothing has been passed as of yet.

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