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Construction Employment for Women Increased

September 13, 2019
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The noise about the shortage of skilled labor has been unrelenting, but there is at least one front where construction employment is charging the hill.

The number of women working in the construction industry grew substantially last year to 1.1 million, roughly the same number of women that were working in the industry before the Great Recession. That figure is up 13% from 2017.

According to the Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey, women in the construction industry are mostly involved in such occupations as office and administrative support, management, business and financial operations. Sales and office occupations employed the largest number of women within the construction industry. In construction, women accounted for 73.5% of workers in sales and office occupations, including 464,000 women in office and administrative support, and 26,000 in sales and related occupations in 2018.  More than 350,000 women were engaged in management, professional, and related occupations.

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