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July 23, 2009

North Carolina's clean economy

A report was recently released from the Pew Charitable Trust that tallied what the report called clean energy jobs for each state. What are these jobs, and where did North Carolina rank?

Dr. Mike Walden, North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, responds:

"Well, the Pew Trust had to create this category because it doesn't exist in official statistics. You can't go on line from a government site and say, hey, let's see how many jobs exist in the clean energy area. So that was one contribution they made. And they included jobs that have to do with energy efficiency, jobs that manage and remove polluting and hazardous materials and occupations that train others for these kinds of jobs. In 2007, they estimated that North Carolina has 17,000 of these clean energy jobs, and indeed, that was a 15 percent increase over the same kinds of jobs in 1998. That 15 percent increase in North Carolina was the 15th fastest growth in clean energy jobs among all states. However, these jobs are still relatively small . . . 17,000 out of over 4 million jobs in North Carolina comes to less than one half of one percent. So we have seen growth, according to the Pew Charitable Trust, in clean energy jobs, but it's still a very small part of the total."

Posted by Dave at July 23, 2009 08:00 AM