How Many Green Jobs Has Your County Created?
The green energy sector is big business. In 2016, there were an estimated 3,384,834 Americans employed in the clean energy field. Many of them were right here in California, home to some of the most progressive environmental policies in the nation.
According to a new report 519,500 Californians are currently employed in the clean energy sector. Los Angeles County leads the way with 117,000 jobs. San Diego followed (61,500). Then Orange (45,200), Santa Clara (34,200), Sacramento (23,700), Alameda (22,100), Riverside (20,500), San Bernardino (19,800), San Francisco (18,200), and Contra Costa (13,300). The top metropolitan areas for clean energy jobs were Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (72,200), San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (72,200), and San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marco (61,100).
Experts predict the number of Californians employed in the clean energy industry will only expand further with time.
“We have a lot of stretching and growth ahead of us,” said Mary Solecki with E2, which authored the report. “We’ll continue to see scaling up of jobs in geothermal, solar and wind energy, and more jobs in advanced transportation and energy efficiency.”
Read more about California’s flourishing green jobs sector here.