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Louisiana Ranked 2nd Worst State For Working Moms

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Being a responsible working parent isn’t easy.  It’s totally worth it, but dealing with the limited choices you are faced with in this common situation can be difficult to say the least.  Being a single working parent multiplies this difficulty several times over.  You are the provider, counselor, stylist, housekeeper, teacher, and a hundred other titles all at once – and the future of your child(ren) depend upon your success in every one of those jobs.  Being pulled in every direction at once usually leaves exactly zero time for yourself, but such is the life of the single parent.

According to Wallethub, that struggle is even harder in Louisiana.  A recent report places the Bayou State second to last in respects to the struggles that a single mom has to endure.  With almost 70% of moms with young children working today, this is a huge issue.

The survey looked at 13 key factors to determine the ranking, and the results are a bit disheartening.  Gender pay gap, the percentage of Single-Mom families in poverty, and day-care quality are among the metrics considered.  The picture is not pretty:

Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Child Care’ Rank ‘Professional Opportunities’ Rank ‘Work-Life Balance’ Rank
1 Vermont 65.45 3 7 5
2 Minnesota 61.92 5 3 9
3 New Jersey 61.00 2 20 10
4 Delaware 59.77 1 1 33
5 Connecticut 59.68 6 44 3
6 Massachusetts 58.70 4 21 16
7 Maine 55.37 12 14 11
8 Rhode Island 55.08 26 42 2
9 New York 54.79 23 11 6
10 Illinois 54.14 10 12 18
11 Oregon 51.85 41 18 4
12 Montana 51.65 31 8 12
13 Wisconsin 51.42 11 41 15
14 Indiana 51.00 9 25 31
15 District of Columbia 50.91 36 2 13
16 Colorado 50.56 27 4 20
17 Iowa 50.36 21 19 21
18 Utah 50.31 16 49 7
19 North Dakota 50.12 18 27 19
20 New Hampshire 50.02 8 30 34
21 Virginia 49.85 7 15 46
22 California 49.55 48 22 1
23 Hawaii 49.41 42 9 8
24 Florida 49.40 15 5 42
25 Kentucky 47.99 14 26 38
26 North Carolina 47.94 20 16 36
27 Nebraska 47.93 28 24 17
28 Kansas 47.88 19 36 22
29 Washington 47.86 30 34 14
30 Maryland 47.68 17 6 50
31 Tennessee 46.56 24 13 37
32 Ohio 46.35 25 23 28
33 Texas 44.53 13 35 49
34 South Dakota 44.32 37 10 32
35 Oklahoma 43.08 22 39 40
36 Georgia 41.45 29 17 51
37 Michigan 41.14 35 33 35
38 Missouri 40.73 32 32 41
39 Arkansas 40.59 40 45 25
40 Pennsylvania 40.39 33 37 39
41 South Carolina 39.84 34 29 43
42 Wyoming 39.31 39 48 26
43 West Virginia 38.00 45 40 30
44 New Mexico 37.80 46 38 29
45 Idaho 36.89 51 31 23
46 Mississippi 35.92 38 47 45
47 Alaska 35.02 49 43 27
48 Arizona 34.67 43 46 48
49 Nevada 34.35 47 28 47
50 Louisiana 33.68 50 50 24
51 Alabama 32.75 44 51 44

With Mother’s day right around the corner, please consider that today’s moms need recognition more than ever.  At least we beat Alabama.

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