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WASHINGTON, DC—It’s no longer a surprise to walk by a construction site and see women on the job. But you shouldn’t take that for granted; it warrants a closer look. The presence of a large number of women in the construction industry represents real progress and it gives you just a glimpse at the impact women are having, filling key roles in an industry that has struggled to meet its employment needs. It is really just a starting point, because even greater opportunities exist in the future for women in construction.

The latest statistics indicate that women make up 9 percent of construction personnel and they’re part of a growing workforce. The construction industry has been expanding, much like other sectors in the ongoing surge in employment of recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, 283,000 more workers were employed in construction at the end of 2018 than in 2017.

To meet that market expansion, women are filling a wide variety of roles in construction, ranging from laborer to management positions. On the management side, women are now filling both design and construction roles.

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