That’s more jobs than the fossil fuel industry has. And an unusually high portion of green jobs — almost half — go to workers without college degrees.
It’s hard to know how much of a good thing you’ve got when everyone has their own idea about how to measure it. That’s been the problem with quantifying green jobs: we know we want them, we know they’re out there, but with cities and states and regional groups and businesses all tallying their green workers according to different rules, we haven’t gotten a clear picture of the nation’s clean economy and how it has grown.
A new report from the Brookings Institution clarifies the issue. According to the report, there are 2.7 million jobs in the country’s clean economy. That’s more jobs than the fossil fuel industry offers. And the picture of green job growth from 2003 to 2010 looks like this: