Gender gap in pay shrank in 1992Women are catching up with...


February 26, 1993|By Kim Clark | Kim Clark,Staff Writer

Gender gap in pay shrank in 1992

Women are catching up with men in the paycheck race.

Women who work full time earn 76 percent of what men make -- closing nearly 2 percentage points in the gender gap during 1992, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The median income for women was $386 per week in the last quarter of 1992, compared to $508 per week for males.

The race gap widened last year, though.

Blacks lost ground, after accounting for inflation, last year, while whites' earnings held steady. The median income for blacks was $358 a week in the last quarter of 1992; whites earned $468.

Only Hispanics made progress against inflation. Their weekly earnings jumped from $310 to $324 last year.

Best leads for jobs may be small firms

Just because the job market is depressed doesn't mean you should be, a well-known job-hunting adviser will tell Baltimoreans next Thursday.

Marilyn Moats Kennedy, managing partner of Wilmette, Ill.-based Career Strategies, will speak on "How to Job Hunt in a Depressed Market" at 7 p.m. at the University of Baltimore.

Ms. Kennedy, author of "Getting the Job You Want and the Money You're Worth," says job seekers should realize that finding a job today takes longer than it used to. "Don't be discouraged," she says.

Although local employers are slow to hire, Marylanders are still better off than people in California and New England, she says.

Job-seeking Marylanders should call about 40 companies each day in search of job leads, she says. It takes about 200 calls to find five legitimate leads.

And because big, well-known companies such as Sears, IBM and USF&G are laying off workers, the best leads will come from small companies.

Why call up obscure companies and ask about openings?

"Every employer says 'There must be a million-billion people out there who will work for nothing. I'm going to wait for them to come and find me.' " So, that's what job seekers must do, she says.

Her speech will be free and open to the public. For more information, call 625-3050.

Kelly Temp office will help charities

Know a charity that needs a little help? The local office of a temporary services agency is taking nominations for an annual giveaway.

The Baltimore office of Kelly Temporary Services will give 20 hours of work to 20 local charities next month.

The deadline for nominations is March 9. The agency will pick the charities at random by March 15, said Ellen Drost, Kelly's district sales manager. To nominate a charity, call Ms. Drost at 539-0126.

Kelly will hand out gift certificates that charities can use for 20 hours of any kind of work -- from accounting to cleanup. Kelly pays the workers.

The 9-year-old program already has helped groups ranging from the Associated Black Charities to the Red Cross, she said.

The program boosts morale at the local Kelly office, which handles about 1,200 temporary workers every week, she says, adding, "It is good to give something back to the community."

Andrea Ingram, executive director of Grassroots, a women's crisis center in Columbia, felt as through she won the lottery when Grassroots was selected for Kelly's help last year.

When the agency's only administrative assistant goes on vacation, "We kind of lose our minds" with all the extra duties, she says. It was an enormous help to have someone to answer the phones and type, she adds.

Rise in health costs slowed in late 1992

The rise in the cost of health benefits continued to moderate late last year.

Milliman and Robertson, a Radnor, Pa.-based benefits consultant, said its survey of health insurance claims shows that while health costs are still rising faster than inflation, the pace is // slowing. In August, costs rose at an annualized rate of nearly 10 percent; by October that had slipped to about 6 percent. (See graph below.)

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