California green job sector lower than anticipated

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 30, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report detailing what it calls “green goods and services (GGS)” employment across the nation. For its purposes, the report defines GGS jobs as those that “potentially provide goods and services that directly benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.”

In 2010, the report found that national GGS employment was at 3.1 million or 2.4 percent of total national employment. In California, the 2010 GGS employment rate was 2.3 percent with 338,400 jobs and accounted for 10.8 percent of nationwide GGS jobs. Though California had the highest number of GGS jobs in 2010, the state trailed behind other statewide employment percentages such as Vermont with 4.4 percent GGS state employment and Alaska with 3.6 percent total GGS employment. According to reports, the percentage of GGS jobs in California was lower than expected and disappointing to some green job advocates.

For more information, please see www.bls.gov/news.release/ggqcew.nr0.htm.

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