Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Clean Economy Jobs
Of the 2.7 million U.S. clean economy jobs, major cities like New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco employ workers in industries such as mass transit, while green manufacturing jobs are found mostly in the South and Midwest.
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The study reports that approximately 2.7 million people work under the "clean economy" umbrella -- more than in the fossil fuel and bioscience fields but fewer than in the IT sector. Despite the recession, clean energy added 500,000 jobs between 2003 and 2010, with annual growth of 3.4 percent.
Broken down by region, the South created the most of these jobs, with seven of 21 states providing at least 50,000 clean jobs. On the state level, California reports the highest number of clean jobs, while Alaska and Oregon claim the most clean jobs per worker.
The clean economy encompass sectors from the more traditional public services, waste water, and mass transit industries to more innovative industries, such as solar and wind energy, fuel cells, biofuel and smart grids.
Metropolitan areas such as New York City and San Francisco tend to have a high concentration of service-oriented clean jobs due to industries such as mass transit. Many of the green manufacturing jobs are located in Southern and Midwestern cities such as Louisville and Cleveland, while Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Los Angeles have multidimensional economies that include mass transit, architecture and manufacturing.
The greatest growth in clean economy jobs occurred in places with an already heavy concentration of a specific type of green business, such as environmental services in Houston, solar photovoltaic in Los Angeles, fuel cells in Boston, and wind technology in Chicago. These clusters of green industry grew 1.4 percent faster than did isolated industries.