19 Oct '11, 2am

Renewable Energy Cuts Unemployment in Half | Care2 Causes

Renewable Energy Cuts Unemployment in Half | Care2 Causes

The German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, part of the former East Germany, was known as one of the poorest parts of the country. Unemployment in the state peaked at over 20% in 2004 before beginning a sharp decline. As of September 2011, the unemployment rate was 11.1% and still on a downward trend. The renewable energy sector is being credited with the incredible rebound in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s economy. In May 2011, Germany announced that it was accelerating its renewable energy strategy and would close all nuclear power plants by 2022. Around 17 percent of Germany’s electricity comes from renewable sources, but the country plans to increase that to about 50 percent. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the shipyards were the traditional industry. However, the number of jobs in that sector dropped from 32,800 in 1989 to around 3,300 today. Now, major inve...

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