Solar Power Jobs Grew Nearly 7% In Past Year, As Fossil Fuel Jobs Declined 2%

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The latest green jobs summary, this time coming from The Solar Foundation: According to their National Solar Jobs Census 2011, there are slightly more than 100,000 people in the United States employed by the solar power industry in some capacity.

More specifically, there are 17,198 "solar employment sites", located in every state, employing a total of 100,237 people as of August 2011.

While the economy-wide job growth rate is expected to be just 0.7% since the last Solar Jobs Census was conducted in 2010, the report shows that solar power jobs grew at 6.8% -- something which the report compares to the 2% loss of jobs in the fossil fuel industry.

Solar power companies anticipate expanding their workforce by 24% over the next year on the whole, with roughly half of solar power companies saying they expect to add workers in the remainder of 2011 and in 2012.

On a state-by-state basis, California's solar power industry employs the greatest number of people (25,575), followed by Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Massachusetts.

Tags: Green Jobs | Renewable Energy | Solar Power | United States

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