Women still hold only 14 percent of jobs in the construction industry and 29 percent in manufacturing.
“Yet the data show there is much to be done to ensure women – especially women of color – are fully part of this critical job growth. Today’s Jobs Report data show that women are a small share of the manufacturing industry, at just 29.1 percent, and an even smaller share of construction, at a mere 14.1 percent.
And even these figures don’t tell the full story. For example, our research shows that women in construction are more frequently found in administrative roles and that their representation in the most common construction occupations—such as carpenters and painters, for instance—is far lower than the industry average. Women make up less than four percent of construction laborers and less than two percent of carpenters, the largest construction occupations. In fact, women make up less than ten percent of all but one of the top 10 most common construction occupations— and those occupations account for two-thirds of jobs in the construction industry. And even when women are in the most common construction occupations, they make less. Across the seven most common construction occupations, women typically made less than men working in the same occupation and industry full time, year round.”
read the full post at the National Partnership for Women and Families