Women in construction on the rise in Alabama according to new study

Women In Construction
The number of women in construction is on the rise. (National Association of Women in Construction)

Look out, fellas! A new study by Today’s Home Owner shows the percentage of women in construction trade work is on the rise in Southern states like Alabama. Read on to learn more and how we can continue to boost these numbers. 

First, let’s be real

There’s no denying the construction is a male dominated industry. Not only is there far less women in the field,  but there’s an ever-present pay gap with females earning less.

According to Today’s Home Owner, nationally, women make up only 3.3% of construction trade workers, but this figure varies significantly by state.

But there is a bright spot. Today’s Home Owner has discovered that the number of women in construction is increasing in seven Southern states, and Alabama is one of them. 

Here’s is the full list:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

To calculate the states with the most female construction trade workers, Today’s Home Owner considered workers that fall in the construction and extraction industry, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They looked at two metrics for each state:

  • Number of construction and extraction workers who are women.
  • Number of construction and extraction workers. 

Based on the data, South Carolina is the state with the highest number of female construction trade workers—1:20. The other six states, including Alabama, are not far behind with a ratio of 1:25.

Want to cheer on women in construction? 

A great way to do this is to celebrate these amazing females during Women in Construction Week (or WIC Week), March 5-11.

You can also read about three awesome women in construction Birmingham here

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