South Carolina Ranked Among 2021’s Worst States for Working Moms

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With Mother’s Day around the corner and mothers regaining jobs lost due to COVID-19 at a faster rate than fathers, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on mothers in the workforce, the site compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for a working mother based on 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from the median women’s salary to the female unemployment rate to day-care quality.

North Carolina came in the bottom half at #30 and South Carolina was ranked the 5th worst state in the country:

Best and Worst States for Working Moms

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Child Care  Professional Opportunities  Work-Life Balance 
1 Massachusetts 65.12 2 15 1
2 District of Columbia 60.63 6 2 8
3 Connecticut 60.28 5 7 5
4 Vermont 59.72 4 4 9
5 Minnesota 58.55 1 3 15
6 Rhode Island 57.32 16 22 2
7 Wisconsin 55.04 12 10 10
8 New Jersey 54.66 8 29 7
9 New York 54.16 3 32 13
10 Washington 51.57 30 25 3
11 New Hampshire 50.96 9 8 35
12 Virginia 48.92 7 11 46
13 South Dakota 48.77 20 5 24
14 Maryland 48.41 17 1 50
15 Illinois 47.79 10 34 27
16 Oregon 47.71 39 21 4
17 Delaware 47.44 15 9 41
18 Colorado 47.29 22 6 32
19 North Dakota 47.17 13 39 22
20 Maine 46.80 27 24 12
21 Tennessee 46.02 11 18 47
22 Iowa 45.48 26 20 19
23 Montana 45.05 23 41 11
24 Nebraska 44.52 33 12 26
25 Hawaii 44.16 21 43 16
26 Florida 43.95 18 16 44
27 Indiana 43.82 14 40 30
28 Utah 43.72 29 42 14
29 Kentucky 43.69 19 30 34
30 North Carolina 43.34 34 13 36
31 Ohio 43.29 37 14 21
32 Missouri 43.09 24 19 39
33 Kansas 42.12 35 36 18
34 Wyoming 41.11 25 46 20
35 Pennsylvania 40.38 31 28 37
36 Michigan 40.28 36 27 33
37 Texas 40.00 28 23 49
38 California 39.44 49 38 6
39 Georgia 38.72 32 17 51
40 Arizona 37.55 42 31 29
41 Alaska 37.52 44 33 23
42 West Virginia 37.06 40 37 31
43 Arkansas 36.75 45 35 25
44 New Mexico 35.14 43 45 28
45 Oklahoma 34.81 38 47 40
46 Nevada 32.85 48 26 45
47 South Carolina 31.80 46 44 42
48 Mississippi 31.50 41 50 48
49 Idaho 30.06 51 49 17
50 Alabama 29.68 47 48 43
51 Louisiana 26.69 50 51 38

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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