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There’s a historic labor shortage, especially in the construction industry. But sexism seems to be stronger than economics.

More than four in 10 women and non-binary tradespeople who work in construction-related jobs have said they left or “seriously” considered leaving the industry’s trades — and nearly half said it’s because of harassment and lack of respect.

That’s according to new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and it’s bad news for an industry badly in need of more workers: It needs an estimated 61,000 new hires a month over the next three years to meet housing demand.

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