Are women the answer to the construction labor shortage?

“Moye White partner Carrie Rodgers was quoted in an article in national construction news site, “Are women the answer to the construction labor shortage?”

The U.S. construction industry is in the midst of an ongoing skilled labor shortage, with 86% of contractors, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, reporting difficulty in finding qualified trade workers and other skilled employees.

However, the industry is also facing another shortage — women in the construction trades. Women represent half of the population in the U.S. but, according to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, women make up less than 10% of the construction industry workforce. Some groups, like the National Women’s Law Center, peg that figure at 3%, although organizations like the AGC contend their numbers include only women in the field, and not those in administrative or professional positions.

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