Report: Green Jobs Growing At A Rate Comparable To Software Jobs

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New data released in Next 10's second Many Shades of Green report show that green jobs continue to grow at a healthy clip in California, even in the wake of the economic crisis.

From January 2008 to 2009, the most recent observable year, jobs in the green sector grew more than three times faster (3%) than total employment in California (1%). The core green economy now accounts for 174,000 jobs in California. The rate of growth of green jobs has been similar to that of software jobs since 2005.

‘The green job data is significant because these jobs are growing in every region across the state, outpacing other sectors and generating business across the supply chain,’ says F. Noel Perry, founder of Next 10. ‘While green job numbers are modest relative to the overall economy, there are very few business sectors in a state as large as California.’

Highlights of the report include the following:

– From January 2008 to 2009, green jobs expanded by 3% statewide, compared to a 1% increase in overall jobs:

– Between 1995 and 2009, jobs in California's core green economy expanded from 111,000 to 174,000, growing 56%;

– From 1995 to 2009, the energy generation sector created the most jobs in California's core green economy, adding nearly 20,000 jobs across the state and almost 3,000 jobs over the most recent observable year (January 2008 to 2009);

– The Bay Area and the Sacramento area posted the strongest employment gains in the economy, expanding by 109% and 103%, respectively, since 1995, followed by Orange County (67%) and the San Joaquin Valley (55%); and

– While manufacturing employment represents only 11% of statewide employment, it represents 26% of all green employment. This sector increased 10% over the most recent observable period (January 2008 to 2009).

SOURCE: Next 10

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