More Women Employed In Construction

The number of women working in the U.S. construction industry last year surpassed its previous peak in 2006, says the National Association of Home Builders. While during the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the number of female construction workers dropped by nearly 30 per cent, the numbers have now come back to pre-recession numbers with the past three years seeing significant increases after a seven-year period where there was no growth. In 2019, the number of female construction workers hit 1.2 million, a six per cent increase from 2018. This is especially important because labour shortages are one of the key issues facing the industry, it says.