The number of women employed in the construction industry grew substantially in 2018 rising to 1.1 million, a total reached prior to the Great Recession, NAHB says. As the construction skilled labor shortage remains a key challenge, adding new workers is an important goal of the industry. Bringing additional women into the construction labor force represents a major opportunity for the future.
As an April article in LBM Journal points out, women only make up about 5% of the LBM industry, though more dealers are realizing that an LBM industry more inclusive of women offers advantages to employee and dealer alike.
During the Great Recession, the number of females in construction declined sharply by almost 30% to 807,000 by 2010, NAHB’s analysis shows. From 2010 to 2017, the total slowly remained to around 970,000, but remained below the peak of pre-recession levels. However, in 2018, 1.1 million women worked in the construction industry, up by 13% from 2017, roughly matching the number of women in the industry before the Great Recession.
See more at NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog.