Some interesting news from the green jobs front today. According to a new study, 2.7 million Americans are gainfully employed in “clean economy” jobs, surprisingly beating out some long-established sectors. From WSJ:
The study, by researchers at the Brookings Institution and Battelle, concluded that the U.S. clean economy employs more workers than the fossil-fuel and bioscience industries, but less than the information-technology sector.
The South has the largest number of clean-economy jobs, although the West has the largest share relative to its population, according to the study.
Overall, California leads in green jobs, employing nearly 320,000 people, 90,000 of which are making the LA metro area an eco-hotspot.
But take the study’s findings with a grain of salt. As The Los Angeles Times notes, Brookings’ definition of a green job stretches somewhat dubiously beyond solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing into sectors like public transport.
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