U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) this week issued the following statement after the Senate failed to secure enough votes to move forward to debate and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe fact that working women in West Virginia earn around 70 cents to every dollar a man makes just defies common sense,\u201d Senator Manchin said. \u201cMy very first vote in the Senate was for paycheck fairness, and I will continue to fight to close the wage gap because people should earn the same pay for doing the same work. It\u2019s past time that we correct this unfairness to make sure that women are paid what they deserve.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to the Census Bureau, in West Virginia, a woman who holds a full-time job is paid, on average, $30,885 per year, while a man who holds a full-time job is paid $44,159 per year. This means that women in West Virginia are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly wage gap of $13,274 between men and women who work full time in the state.\r\n\r\nIn West Virginia, if the wage gap were eliminated, on average, a full-time working woman would have accumulated more money every year for approximately:\r\n\r\n\u2022 112 more weeks of food for her family (2.2 years\u2019 worth);\r\n\r\n\u2022 14 more months of mortgage and utilities payments;\r\n\r\n\u2022 22 more months of rent;\r\n\r\n\u2022 3,786 additional gallons of gas.\r\n\r\nAccording to Census Bureau data, women in West Virginia earn less than men in many occupations and all education levels. For example, men in West Virginia with a bachelor\u2019s degree earn an average of $48,839, while women with a bachelor\u2019s degree earn on average $35,812.\r\n\r\nIn the workforce, Census data shows that in:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Sales and related jobs - women earn 55 percent of male counterparts\u2019 salaries;\r\n\r\n\u2022 Management, business and financial - women earn 70 percent of male counterparts\u2019 salaries;\r\n\r\n\u2022 Computer, engineering and science - women earn 81 percent of male counterparts\u2019 salaries.