Via the Center for American Progress, this chart uses Brookings data:

Check out the whole post. Here are some key facts:

  • There are currently 2.7 million jobs in the “clean economy,” broadly defined to include both mature and emerging industries across the cleantech, transit, conservation, waste, agriculture, and other clean sectors.
  • The clean economy as a whole — not just the cleantech sectors discussed above — grew by8.3 percent from 2008 to 2009, in the depths of the recession. This was almost double what the overall economy grew during those years. This is in large part thanks to the Recovery Act.
  • Median wages are 13 percent higher in green energy careers than the economy average.
  • Three separate programs for energy efficiency retrofits employed almost 25,000 Americans in three months since earlier this year. The Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program, and State Energy Programs collectively upgraded over half a million buildings since they began to ramp up earlier this year. These programs mainly hired construction workers, a key point during a time of particularly heavy unemployment in theconstruction sector.

And it’s worth looking at this post by Michael Levi’s takedown of the claim that dirty energy is where the jobs are.


Walter Frick

Walter is a former Communications Manager at the New England Clean Energy Council.

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