Austin-Round Rock metro has more women in construction than national average

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin-Round Rock metro area is above the national average for the number of women working in local construction, but still lags behind 27 other cities, according to data from the company Construction Coverage.

However, it still leads Texas cities, with Houston coming in 53rd, the Dallas-Fort Worth region in 61st, San Antonio in 68th and El Paso in 97th.

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The national average for women in construction jobs is currently 11.1%. The greater Austin area is currently at 11.8%.

Courtesy: Jonathan Jones, Construction Coverage
Courtesy: Jonathan Jones, Construction Coverage

According to data from Workforce Solutions Capital Area, women made up 10% of Austin area construction workers in 2022. For Workforce Solutions Capital Area program manager Michele Buford, the increase is positive as barriers to entry begin to erode.

Buford in 2023: “We’d like to see more women in trades. The need is out there.”

“It used to be a male-dominated field. But women can do just as well in this industry as men,” Buford said. “I honestly believe it has a lot to do with the change in attitudes of the folks that would normally employ folks into this. [The unions] are recruiting women, they’re talking to women…we have folks in our community who know that we need to increase the number of women that enter these fields.”

Wages for women in the field are higher than for women in other jobs on average, according to the data. There is also a lesser wage gap between male and female workers in construction compared to the gap for all industries.

Courtesy: Jonathan Jones, Construction Coverage
Courtesy: Jonathan Jones, Construction Coverage

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