Green Job Trends – from the June Newsletter

The Pew Charitable Trusts 2010 report Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? Growth, Competition and Opportunity in the World’s Largest Economies shows that the global clean energy economy has had investment growth of 230 percent since 2005. The sector is poised to grow 25 % to a record $200 billion in 2010, despite a 40% decrease in investment in 2009 over the previous year.

Emerging as one of the most vital sectors in the U.S. economy, jobs in the clean energy sector grew 2.5 times faster than jobs overall from 1998 to 2007. By 2007, the last year for which data are available, more than 68,200 businesses nationwide accounted for more than 770,000 jobs, despite a lack of sustained government support in the past decade. And the green jobs generated are well-paid for people across a range of skill levels and educational backgrounds.

Another recent report from the Department of Commerce entitled “Measuring the Green Economy” showed a higher number of jobs in the green sector. This report is touted as an important first step toward measuring the emerging green economy and the number of green jobs it has created. The principal findings cited in the report are:

  • Shipments/receipts of green products and services comprise between $371 billion to $516 billion in 2007.
  • The number of green jobs ranged from about 1.8 million to 2.4 million.
  • Green manufacturing jobs totaled between 200,000 and 240,000.
  • Green services jobs were much higher, and totaled between 1.4 million and 1.8 million.
  • Energy conservation, resource conservation and pollution control were the predominant green activities, accounting for about 80% to 90% of green shipments/receipts and employment.

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