Some U.S. energy technology and service companies are seeing more women in the workforce, bucking a national trend evident when the COVID-19 pandemic upended traditional work and personal lives last year, according to results of a recent study.

Research unveiled June 8 by the Energy Technology & Workforce Council, working with the Ireland-headquartered Accenture consulting firm, shows the percentage of women in the council’s U.S. energy technology and services sector inched up by 3% to 19% within the past three years. The increase is just short of the 20% goal the council set in 2018 when its first gender diversity study was published.

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