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Gender Pay Gap Widened In 2012, Back To 2005 Levels

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP - Cashier Jessica McNealy rings up Cynthia Williams' 7-UP TEN 2-liter while sho
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP - Cashier Jessica McNealy rings up Cynthia Williams' 7-UP TEN 2-liter while shopping at Minyard's Food Store, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Dallas. Consumers are counting calories more than ever, and beverage companies are responding with new low-calorie options. In January, Dr Pepper Snapple Group began rolling out ten-calorie versions of five of its most popular soft drink brands including A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, Sunkist TEN Soda and RC TEN. (Brandon Wade / AP Images for Dr Pepper Snapple Group)

Women have made huge strides in the workplace but still are falling short when it comes to pay.

New data from the Labor Department reveals that in 2012, women made only 81 percent as much as male workers, on average. Women made less than men in all but two occupations, according to the available data.

The gender pay gap actually widened last year (women made 82 percent as much as men in 2011) and now has returned to 2005 levels, according to the Labor Department.

The latest push to end the gender wage gap is coming from President Barack Obama, who on Tuesday night made another push in support of a bill that would seek to ensure paycheck fairness.

Check out the jobs with the widest gender pay gaps, according to the Labor Department:

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Jobs With Enormous Gender Pay Gaps

(Hat tip: Planet Money.)

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