10 States to Avoid If You're a Working Mom

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Trying to be mom of the year with a career, kids and a personal life? Some states make it more difficult than others, despite women being nearly half of the country's work force.

A recent report by personal finance Web site WalletHub, identified states where having it all was "easier" than others. The report took into account 12 metrics most necessary for a working mother's life. The metrics were categorized in three areas: child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

Specific issues the report analyzed were a state's day-care and child care expenses; the pay gap between women's earnings and those of men; percentage of families in poverty; and other issues like average commute times and average length of workday.

The report had some surprising findings. The median women's salary (adjusted for cost of living) was two times higher in Mississippi than in Alaska and child care costs (adjusted for the median woman's salary) were two times higher in the District of Columbia compared to Tennessee. Additionally, the female unemployment rate in Nevada is four times higher than in North Dakota, WalletHub said.

Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Partnership for Women & Families and WalletHub Research.

Check out the 10 worst states for women who want it all. And when you're done be sure to check out the best states for working mothers.


10. Oklahoma
Child care rank: 21
Professional opportunities rank: 46
Work-life balance rank: 40

With nearly 4 million residents, Oklahoma was named the tenth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.9% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning it's still a good job market for employees.

Note: The unemployment numbers cited here and for every state are as of March 2015.


9. North Carolina
Child care rank: 29
Professional opportunities rank: 37
Work-life balance rank: 34

With nearly 10 million residents, North Carolina was named the ninth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.4% in March, just below the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning it's still a good job market for employees.

 

8. West Virginia
Child care rank: 37
Professional opportunities rank: 45
Work-life balance rank: 25

With approximately 1.9 million residents, West Virginia was named the eighth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.6% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs may be somewhat hard to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

 

 

7. Georgia
Child care rank: 20
Professional opportunities rank: 38
Work-life balance rank: 51

With approximately 10 million residents, Georgia was named the seventh worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.3% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs may be somewhat harder to come by in the state compared to nationally.

 

6. Arkansas
Child care rank: 43
Professional opportunities rank: 30
Work-life balance rank: 36

With nearly 3 million residents, Arkansas was named the sixth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.6% in March, just above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs may be somewhat hard to come by in the state compared to nationally.


5. Nevada
Child care rank: 49
Professional opportunities rank: 13
Work-life balance rank: 48

With approximately 2.8 million residents, Nevada was named the fifth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 7.1% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs could be hard to get in the state compared to nationally.

 

 

4. Alabama
Child care rank: 46
Professional opportunities rank: 38
Work-life balance rank: 42

With approximately 4.9 million residents, Alabama was named the fourth worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.7% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs could be harder to get in the state compared to nationally.


3. Mississippi
Child care rank: 50
Professional opportunities rank: 48
Work-life balance rank: 41

With approximately 3 million residents, Mississippi was named the third worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.8% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs could be harder to get in the state compared to nationally.

 

2. South Carolina
Child care rank: 47
Professional opportunities rank: 50
Work-life balance rank: 36

With approximately 4.8 million residents, South Carolina was named the second worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.7% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs could be harder to get in the state compared to nationally.


1. Louisiana
Child care rank: 50
Professional opportunities rank: 51
Work-life balance rank: 32

With approximately 4.7 million residents, South Carolina was named the worst state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.6% in March, above the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning jobs could be harder to get in the state compared to nationally.

 

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