HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A recent report on the best states for business growth and equal pay ranked Hawaii among the best states for pay equity among women and men.
The average woman makes 80 cents to a man's dollar in the United States.
The Aloha State was one of the top 12 states for women's earnings, paying women 83 cents to every man's dollar. New York was the best for women's wages with female earners bringing in 89 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
The top five areas for pay equity are New York, California, Florida, District of Columbia, and Vermont, in that order. The top five states for new business growth are California, Texas, New York and Virginia.
The report also found that in general, there was a positive correlation between states with higher pay equity and those with a higher number of new businesses.
On average 2,504 new businesses are created in Hawaii each year, around the same number as other small states like Delaware and West Virginia. California has the largest amount of yearly business growth with 125,294 new businesses each year.