23 Mar '12, 10am

3.1 Million Green Jobs Across America

3.1 Million Green Jobs Across America

Green jobs employed 3.1 million people across the United States in 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Thursday. This figure represented 2.4 percent of all jobs nationwide that year, was spread across the country by location and sector, and is the first set of solid federal data defining the size and scope of “green jobs,” which until now have been quantified only by individual states or policy organizations. Beyond comprising a major slice of the US economy, green jobs also dwarfed fossil fuel industries. National Journal reports there were only 783,000 jobs in the oil, gas, and coal-mining industries during January 2010 (the most recent month available from BLS). BLS broadly defines green jobs under the category of Green Goods and Services (GGS) as those “found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or cons...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/23/3-1-million-green-job...

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