17 Oct '11, 5pm

US Solar Industry Jobs Grow 6.8% to August, 20%+ Expected in Next 12 Months

US Solar Industry Jobs Grow 6.8% to August, 20%+ Expected in Next 12 Months

Infographic courtesy of The Solar Foundation The US solar industry created jobs at a 6.8% pace in the year through August 2011. That compares to the expected 0.7% job growth rate for the US economy overall economy and a 2% net job loss in fossil fuel power generation, according to The US Solar Foundation’s second annual US solar workforce review. More than 17,198 solar employment sites employing 100,237 individuals were identified in the “National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce ,” which was conducted by The Solar Foundation in partnership with GreenLMI and Cornell University . State, Federal Policies Big Factor California continued to rank at the top of US states in solar employment with 25,575 workers. Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts, respectively, rounded out the top 10. The six...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/10/17/us-solar-industry-job...

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