Analysis

More than 714,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy industries across the Midwest according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). The region’s clean energy economy now employs more than all the waiters and waitresses, computer programmers, lawyers and web developers in the Midwest combined, according to Department of Labor Employment Statistics.

Main Findings:

  • 3 Midwest states rank in top 10 for clean energy jobs, 6 in top 20
  • More than 500,000 Midwesterners work in energy efficiency
  • 72% of clean energy jobs are in construction and manufacturing
  • More than 30,000 Midwesterners now work in grid modernization and energy storage
  • Construction (39%) and manufacturing (33%) make up the majority of clean energy jobs
  • Clean fuels technologies employ nearly 8,000 workers in the 12-state region
  • 80,000 workers are employed across clean vehicle industries.
  • Employers project 4.5% clean energy job growth in 2018
  • Small businesses are driving the region’s clean energy sectors, with 71.4% of clean energy businesses employing fewer than 20 individuals.
  • 11.6% of Midwesterners employed in clean energy are veterans

Looking for More Info?

Visit CleanJobsMidwest.com for more interactive maps, comparative charts, and worker profiles to see how clean energy jobs breakdown in every Midwest state, county, metro, and legislative district or contact Michael Timberlake (mtimberlake@e2.org).

The complete report is available here and state-specific pages are listed below:

Illinois: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/illinois

Indiana: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/indiana

Iowa: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/iowa

Kansas: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/kansas

Michigan: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/michigan

Minnesota: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/minnesota

Missouri: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/missouri

Nebraska: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/nebraska

North Dakotawww.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/north-dakota

Ohio: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/ohio

South Dakota: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/south-dakota 

Wisconsin: www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/state/wisconsin