NEW YORK (AP) — Some construction sites across the country are looking different nowadays due to a growing number of women on the job.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says women make up only 3.4 percent of the nation's 8.3 million construction workers, but that's an improvement from over 2.5 percent a decade ago.
In New York City, a labor group representing 100,000 workers is boosting those numbers by promising to reserve 15 percent of its apprenticeships for women, up from a previous goal of 10 percent.
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York collaborates with a nonprofit called Nontraditional Employment for Women, known as NEW, which recruits women and offers them basic training in various trades.
Women who do break into the industry face a smaller wage gap than other careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says women in construction are paid 96 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues, versus only about 80 cents on the dollar in the general workforce.