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According to U.S. Census Bureau Quarterly Workforce Indicators, the African-American share of the construction workforce statewide — from building homes to hospitals to highways — stood at 4.4 percent last summer.

Black contractors say they’re up against an ingrained white establishment that has history, relationships and resources on its side.

Lack of access to capital is a big barrier for Black business owners.

“if Black-owned contractors had been thriving in construction for the last 100 years, you don’t think there would be a bigger Black workforce?” Robinson asked.

“If you had a hundred more Black-owned construction companies, you would have thousands more Black-owned contractors in the labor pool.

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