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Thursday, October 02, 2008


Green New York Jobs Lead the Nation

The recent push to be more environmentally friendly will soon create millions of jobs, according to the Green Job Index released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors Climate Protection Center. As of now, the U.S. economy generates over 750,000 positions that assist mother nature. This figure is expected to increase to 4.2 million over the next thirty years. Currently, the number of eco-friendly New York jobs makes the area the number one metro in nation for this type of work.

The report was prepared by Global Insight, Inc for the Center and found that the top ten metros with the largest number of green jobs make up 23 percent of this kind of work nationally. New York topped the list with 25,021 jobs. Washington, D.C. came in second place with 24,287 positions, followed by Los Angeles, which had 20,136 jobs. The report analyzed a total of 363 different U.S. metro areas.

According to the report, over half of the current green jobs, around 419,000, fall into the category of Engineering, Legal Research and Consulting. This shows the important role that supportive or so-called “indirect” jobs have in moving the economy towards energy independence. The second highest category of jobs was Renewable Power Generation, which had 127,000 jobs. Third on the list was Agriculture and Forestry, a category of employment that supplied 57,500 jobs.

The report projects that, by the year 2038, 40 percent of electricity in the U.S. will be created using alternative resources. In addition to this, 30 percent of the fuel needs of American vehicles will be met through eco-friendly means. The process of going green will create many New York Jobs and positions elsewhere.


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