14 Jun '11, 11pm

Green jobs are real: U.S. solar employs more people than steel

Green jobs are real: U.S. solar employs more people than steel

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . People want to know: Are green jobs real? The answer is resoundingly "yes." With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs , the American solar industry now employs about 20,000 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country's industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy. Last week, Germany's economic development agency announced similarly big news: There are now more than 100,000 workers employed in the German solar photovoltaic (PV) industry alone. Why is that so significant? The U.S. figures take into account solar jobs in PV, solar hot water, and concentrating solar power; Germany is only factoring in solar PV. And as a reader over at Clean Technica o...

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