Pennsylvania Breaks Into Top 10 States In Energy Efficiency Jobs
A review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Pennsylvania is now in the top 10 states in terms of the number of workers employed in businesses related to energy efficiency and clean energy, according to a new report released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and E4TheFuture this week.
The report found 53,175 jobs in Pennsylvania connected to energy efficiency businesses. Another report in November found over 66,000 workers employed in clean energy and energy efficiency companies in Pennsylvania.
31 percent of the energy efficiency firms employing workers are focused on installation of products, 21 percent from making advanced materials and insulation companies and 20 percent in engineering and research.
The report also notes the broad-ranging benefits of a stronger energy efficiency sector are more immediate for low-income households, which spend a greater share of their income on energy than those in higher brackets.
A copy of the report is available online.
In 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported there were 4,780 workers employed in mining coal in Pennsylvania, down from 7,938 in 2014-- a 16.4 percent decrease.
[Posted Dec. 28, 2016]
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