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March 3-9, 2024: Women in Construction Week

WHEREAS, Michigan’s construction industry continues to grow with an unprecedented demand for workers in the skilled trades to support the billions of investment dollars coming into the state for infrastructure, broadband expansion, chip plants, housing, and more; and,

WHEREAS, during fiscal year 2023, Michigan had 12,825 active Registered Apprentices in the construction industry, of which 615 were women; and,

WHEREAS, the largest employment imbalance between men and women appears in Construction and Extraction occupations, which are 97 percent men and 3 percent women, according to the 2021 Women in the Michigan Workforce report from the Michigan Center for Data and Analytics; and,

WHEREAS, more women are encouraged to get on the pathway to the higher-paying jobs available in the construction sector through Registered Apprenticeships, Michigan Reconnect, and the Going PRO Talent Fund; and,

WHEREAS, organizations like the Detroit and Lansing Chapters of the National Association of Women in Construction and their sister chapters are a voice for women working in all facets of the construction industry; and,

WHEREAS, we encourage community organizations to intentionally recruit, support, and uplift women in construction;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 3 – 9, 2024 as Women in Construction Week in Michigan.