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Solar Jobs Roughly Equal Coal Jobs in the U.S.

Good jobs in the solar industry are on the rise, while coal plants keep retiring. But what do those sunny numbers hide?

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There’s about as many U.S. jobs in the solar power industry as the coal industry, Vox pointed out yesterday. According to the Solar Foundation, as of 2014 there were more than 173,000 people employed in creating, selling, and installing solar panels on American homes and businesses. Vox’s Brad Plumer compared that to the miners, power plant workers, and transporters in the U.S. coal industry and found that number to be roughly equal, though he admitted to “this isn’t a perfect comparison.”

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