Green Jobs are Growing California’s Economy

Despite the recent economic recession, which confronted Americans with unemployment, stagnant wages, and rising fuel costs, there was one sector that outshone the rest: the clean economy.

March 12, 2012

With California’s unemployment rate hovering above 11 percent for over two years, the state is poised to gain from investing in the clean economy.

The clean economy grew faster than the rest of the economy during the height of the recession, “expanding at a rate of 8.3 percent.” Additionally, the clean economy added “more than half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010.” From January 2009 to January 2010, green manufacturing jobs in California increased by one percent, while California’s economy as a whole registered a 7 percent decrease in employment.

 

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