One of the key economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the exodus of women from the workforce. Since the beginning of the national crisis, almost 3 million women are no longer earning a paycheck, including women who made their living in the construction industry.
Some of the change has been related to wholesale layoffs and job terminations in sectors where women—especially women of color–are overrepresented, like the service and hospitality industries.
But even in industries where women represent a smaller portion of the workforce, like construction, jobs disappeared.
The construction industry experienced a top unemployment rate of 16.6% in April 2020. By October 2020 unemployment in the construction industry was about on par with the national rate (6.8% for