Blacks, women lag behind in building jobs
Hispanics, however, are capturing a greater share of construction employment in most of the 18 metropolitan areas studied, reflecting increased immigration since the 1990s. In Los Angeles, for example, about 41% of the area's workforce is Hispanic, but 67% of construction workers are Hispanic.
"It's a good sign that Hispanics have gotten a position in the construction industry," said Todd Swanstrom, lead author and a public policy professor. "That's progress."
Swanstrom warns, however, Hispanics in construction tend to earn less, experience higher accident rates on the job and are not likely to enjoy union protection because many are undocumented.