See which three states are leading the way in hiring women in construction and trade roles


According to the 2022 American Community Survey, approximately 1.29 million women worked in construction in the United States in 2022, accounting for 10.97% of the industry. According to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders, women in the construction industry are more likely to be found in occupations such as office and administrative support, management, business and finance. Only 2.8% of women in construction work in actual trade positions. Increasing the number of women in construction could help address the current labor shortage. This post focuses on the number and proportion of women working in construction in different states.

As of 2022, the state with the largest number of women working in construction was Texas (137,000), followed by California (135,000) and Florida (119,000). These three states accounted for 30% of all women working in the industry. The larger populations and booming construction industries in these three states provided more opportunities and higher participation rates for women in construction. In contrast, Vermont had the smallest number, about 1,800 women in construction, of all 50 states.

Compared to the national average (10.97%), 27 states had a higher concentration of women in construction in 2022. ‚Äč‚ÄčAlaska had the highest share of female construction workers, at 15.8% of industry workers. States like South Carolina, Oregon, and Florida also had a higher concentration of women working in construction, at 14.1%, 14.0%, and 13.5% of their labor force, respectively.

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