By Idaho State Journal Staff
A study by a personal finance website found that Idaho is one of the worst U.S. states for working mothers.
According to WalletHubâ€™s â€ś2016â€™s Best & Worst States for Working Moms,â€ť the Gem State ranked #44 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The methodology used in the study compared three key dimensions: 1) Child Care, 2) Professional Opportunities and 3) Work-Life Balance.
Though Idaho was ranked relatively high under Professional Opportunities (#17) and Work-Life Balance (#12), the state was ranked dead last (#51) for Child Care. The dismal Child Care ranking pushed the Gem State to the bottom 10 overall.
WalletHub also ranked Idaho last in daycare quality (#51), while access to pediatric services was near the bottom at #48. However, total child care costs, which were adjusted for median womenâ€™s salaries, were ranked 17th overall.
The study ranked the top 10 states for working moms as follows:
4. North Dakota
10. New Jersey
The states ranked at the bottom are:
41. West Virginia
42. New Mexico
49. South Carolina
The results of the study can be found at wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-working-moms/3565/