More Americans Have Green Jobs

Wired Science reports that there are now 770,000 green jobs among 62,800 businesses in the U.S., which makes up 3.7 percent of the overall job market.
June 16, 2009, 7am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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Green jobs might be our final destination some day. Although only a tiny slice of the overall American jobs pie, green jobs are already approaching the same scale as the traditional energy sector.

"The report also found that the rate of growth in green jobs in the U.S. exceeds other job sectors by a wide margin - green jobs grew 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007, as opposed to 3.7 percent for the overall job market. California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York (in this order) are the biggest sources of green jobs. South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Montana, and Vermont, were at the bottom of the list.

The report divides green jobs into five categories: clean energy, energy efficiency, conservation and pollution mitigation, environmentally friendly production, and training and support."

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Published on Monday, June 15, 2009 in Wired
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