Tuesday, 16 April 2013 01:02

Green Jobs are Growing Faster than Conventional Jobs

Green job growth outpaced growth in all other industries from 2010 to 2011, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The report breaks down employment in green goods and services through 2011, showing how green jobs grew from 2010 to 2011 at a rate 4 times faster than all other industries combined.

The BLS defines green jobs as those that produce goods or services "that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources," or jobs "in which workers' duties involve making their establishment's production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources."

As of 2011, green jobs accounted for 2.6 percent of all jobs in the economy, for a total just north of 3.4 million jobs. Construction led the charge in the private sector, with an employment increase from 7.0 to 8.9 percent (slightly more than 100,000 jobs) between 2010 and 2011.

Green goods and services jobs in the federal government increased by 4,596 jobs, or 0.5 percent, while green jobs in state and local governments both declined slightly.

Unfortunately, further data on green jobs may be lost due to budget cuts incurred as a part of the sequestration. The BLS has been forced to discontinue its reporting on employment in green goods and services, in order to achieve savings and protect core programs.



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