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How big is the Green economy and where are the jobs?

The Pew Charitable Trust recently surveyed the Green landscape to quantify Green Economy companies and the jobs they create.

A new report called The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America by The Pew Charitable Trusts counted actual jobs, companies and investments in the U.S. aimed at developing clean, renewable sources of energy, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions , and conserving water and other natural resources. Pew found that jobs and businesses in the emerging clean energy economy have grown at a faster rate than U.S. jobs overall. By 2007, more than 68,200 businesses across the U.S. accounted for about 770,000 jobs related to environmental sustainability.

Pew’s research also shows that between 1998 and 2007, clean energy economy jobs—a mix of whiteand blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians, machinists and teachers—grew by 9.1%, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 %.

Pew’s analysis also shows that every state has a piece of America’s clean energy economy. Texas, for instance, generates more electricity from wind than any other state, had more than 55,000 clean energy economy jobs in 2007, and attracted more than $716 million in venture capital funds for clean technology between 2006 and 2008. Tennessee has cultivated jobs in recycling, waste treatment and water management, among other conservation industries. Jobs in Tennessee’s clean energy economy grew by more than 18% between 1998 and 2007, compared with 2.5 % growth in all jobs in the state. Ohio ranked among the top five states with the most jobs in clean energy, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly production in 2007. Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi and South Dakota are among more than a dozen states where the number of jobs in the clean energy economy in 2007 was modest, but the average annual growth rate of those jobs was among the highest in the country.

Here's a link to the full report:

http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/Clean_Economy_Report_Web.pdf

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