Baltimore Employs 4th Most Women in Construction

While the construction industry is male-dominated nationally, the underrepresentation of women in construction is less pronounced in certain parts of the country. Researchers ranked locations by the percentage of employees in the construction industry that are female.

These are the main takeaways from the report, highlighting some key stats for the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD metro area:

  • Construction has long been a male-dominated field: nationally, only about 11 out of every 100 payroll employees in the construction industry are women. This share has been increasing in recent years, however. Prior to 2016, women accounted for roughly 9 out of every 100 employees in the construction workforce.
  • Another promising shift is underway: in 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $5 million to encourage and support women in registered apprenticeship programs in underrepresented industries like construction.
  • The construction industry is facing a massive worker shortage, so the recruitment of women into these careers will likely continue to grow in importance.
  • In the Baltimore metro area specifically, women account for 14.2% of construction industry employees—a considerably larger share than the 11.1% nationally.
  • Among the 100 most populous U.S. metros, Baltimore has the 4th largest share of female employees in the construction industry.

Geographic Differences in Female Employment in the Construction Industry


Source: Construction Coverage analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data | Image Credit: Construction Coverage

Here is a link to the complete results of the analysis, with data on the 100 most populous U.S. metros and all 50 states. Feel free to republish or use the findings in your own write-up. If you choose to use the analysis, please link to the original report: