St. Louis County disparity study tackles diversity in construction trades

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page released the results of a disparity study that examined work opportunities for people of color and women.

Page said the study shows there is room for improvement, including more opportunities for women and minorities in construction trades on county construction projects. The findings were also presented in a 227-page report released Wednesday afternoon.

The study shows that the county should expand its current workforce development program to focus on the pipeline of underrepresented workers entering training programs for construction trades in the St. Louis metro area.

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“We strive to make St. Louis County a welcome place for all,” said Page. “But to do so, we must take a look at how we are doing and then put measures in place to ensure we can do better.”

The study showed minorities were employed for around 14.6% of construction workforce jobs and that men had nearly 95% of jobs in construction workforce in the St. Louis MSA from 2017-2021.

According to the study, minorities made up around 25% of the workforce and women made up 50% in all other industries in the St. Louis MSA during that same timeframe. Page says St. Louis County has a three-year goal of improving upon those numbers.

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