The federal government recently released an estimate of the number of so-called green jobs in the United States economy, saying that 3.1 million people are employed in the production of goods and services that benefit the environment, reports John Broder at the New York Times. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled the report, which found that green goods and services accounted for over 2 percent of total United States employment in 2010. The study, based on a survey of employers and a relatively broadly defined term for ”green,” will provide a baseline against which future job growth or decline can be measured. The definition and value of green jobs have been intensely debated for the last several years, as President Obama promised to create five million new green jobs. The administration has devoted tens of billions of dollars of federal stimulus money to projects intended to reduce energy use, clean up the environment and generate employment. A 2011 study by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution calculated a similar total of 2.7 million US clean economy jobs, more than those created by the fossil fuels sector.
A tally of green jobs. For the first time, the federal government on Thursday released an estimate of the number of so-called green jobs in the United States economy, saying that 3.1 million people are employed in the production of goods and services that benefit the environment. New York Times http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/a-tally-of-green-jobs/