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While New York City’s construction industry continues to be dominated by male residents of the five boroughs, a New York Building Congress analysis of Census Bureau data has found that the city’s construction workforce has become younger and more diverse.

More than 250,000 union, nonunion and “off-the-books” individuals were employed in the city’s construction industry in 2015, and, for the first time ever, the American Community Survey found that the workforce had slightly more Hispanics (37.75 percent) than white non-Hispanics (37.74 percent). In a similar time of high construction employment back in 2008, Hispanics represented only 31 percent of the workforce, while white non-Hispanics represented 43 percent. 

Workers ages 20 to 39 gained ground with representation of 44 percent, up from 41 percent in 2014, while the number of older workers ages 40 to 59 fell from 50 percent to 46 percent. The share of women in the industry inched up to 7.6 percent, while the number of black and Asian workers both jumped in 2015.

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