Across every time zone, state, county, and even zip code, energy efficiency solutions are creating new economic opportunities. Whether it’s new efficient technologies spurring brand new companies or established businesses expanding, America’s job growth is being powered by energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2017 of the entire energy sector. Its workers now outnumber elementary and middle school teachers and are nearly double those in U.S. law enforcement. In fact, there are now as many energy efficiency workers as there are waitstaff in U.S. bars and restaurants.
A BIGGER PICTURE
This report focuses solely on the energy sector of the economy. Jobs in retail trade, vehicle efficiency-related work, and the 4.2 million jobs related to efficient manufacturing processes are excluded from these numbers.
According to Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, energy efficiency:
- is America’s fastest growing and largest energy jobs sector
- employs workers in 3,000 of America’s 3,007 counties (99.7%)
- outnumbers landscaping professionals and groundskeepers combined
- has twice as many workers as all fossil fuel sectors combined
- businesses now total over 350,000, dominated by small businesses (79%)
- employs more than 300,000 rural Americans, and 900,000 in America’s top 25 metro areas
- accounted for 1/2 of the entire energy sector’s job growth in 2017
- workers make up 35 percent of all U.S. energy workers
- accounts for more than 1 out of every 6 U.S. construction workers
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North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon| Pennsylvania |
Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee |
Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington |
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An interactive map showing how energy efficiency jobs are spread across the U.S. can be found on CleanJobsCount.org.
LOOKING FOR MORE INFO?
If you are looking for additional insight into E4TheFuture and E2’s Energy Efficiency Jobs in America, including specific info about your county or region or to connect with business leaders in states who support strong clean energy policies, contact E2 Communications Director Michael Timberlake (firstname.lastname@example.org). An FAQ is also available here to answer any questions.
The complete report is available here and below.