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September 2, 2014

Women still rare in construction

  • Here’s the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year — and only 2.6 percent were women.
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she’s back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter.

    “I believe it’s going to pay off,” she said amid instruction in sawing techniques.

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