Construction and Utilities Are the Only Industries Where Women Have Added Jobs Since COVID. Now the Task Is to Make Them Want to Stay.
There are just two major industries where there are now more women on payroll than there were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Construction and Utilities. Last month, in August 2021, IWPR’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistic shows that there were 1.026 million women on employer payrolls in the construction industry, 30,000 more than in February 2020; men’s jobs declined slightly over the same period, from 6.65 million to 6.39 million. Women’s jobs in Utilities grew by 1,300.