More women are working in construction than ever before, according to a recent analysis of labor data by the Washington Post.
The surge of women in the construction field began in 2016, when women were 12.5% of the industry. Since then, they have grown to 14.0% of the construction workforce today.
Hispanic women have accounted for nearly all of the growth, as the number of Hispanic women in construction has soared by 117% over the past six years, according to the report.
Women have the largest presence in construction in Washington D.C., where they account for 17.6% of the construction workforce, followed by Arizona (15.6%) and Florida (14.5%).
The study credited record-low unemployment rates for the increase of women in construction, along with increased efforts by labor groups to increase the number of skilled tradeswomen.
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