Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) highlighted a report demonstrating the growth in green jobs in California. In 2010, there were nearly 340,000 green jobs in California, making it the state with the highest number of green jobs in the country. Nationwide, there were 3.1 million green jobs. Today's report from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment in Green Goods and Services," marks the first published government data on the number of green jobs.
This report paints a clear and convincing picture: green jobs are reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and contributing to our local economy," said Capps. "With millions of Americans still out of work, there is a pressing need for smart investments in energy efficient construction, advanced clean energy manufacturing, and strengthening our nation's infrastructure. Here on the Central Coast, we've already seen significant growth in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields thanks to innovative companies like Transphorm, Clipper Wind and REC Solar, and our premier colleges and universities that are leading the way. However, more must be done. Increasing green job creation will help address job shortages, meet industry demand for a skilled work force, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and boost America's global competitiveness."
In California, green jobs represented 2.3 percent of the state's total employment. Construction had the largest number of private sector green jobs in California (39,600), followed by administrative and waste services (39,300); professional, scientific, and technical services (39,200); and manufacturing (31,200).