Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016
National Solar Jobs Census finds solar employment increased in 44 of the 50 states, grew by 25 percent nationwide
At long last, today we are excited to release our seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census 2016! Census 2016 found that solar industry employment outpaced the overall U.S. economy by 17 times as it increased by over 51,000 jobs, for a total of 260,077 U.S. solar workers! The solar workforce – which grew across all sectors – increased by 25 percent over 2015, the largest annual growth percentage since the first National Solar Jobs Census in 2010. Census 2016 also found that the percentage of women, African American, and Latino/Hispanic workers increased from 2015. Learn more at SolarJobsCensus.org.
Census 2016 also includes state jobs data and shows an increase in 44 of the 50 states. The state with the highest total number of solar jobs in 2016 was California, followed by Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida. A complete list of the number of solar jobs by state, along with state growth rates over 2015, can be found at SolarJobsCensus.org.
We hope you will share in the social media excitement!
Twitter: @solarfound #solarjobs
Facebook: The Solar Foundation
For those of you in the Washington, DC area, join us on Thursday night to hear an overview of the results and celebrate this milestone with us. The event is free, but tickets are limited, so register today.
Where: Clyde’s of Gallery Place/Chinatown
707 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
When: Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
What: Reception for the National Solar Jobs Census 2016
We hope you can join us!
1717 Pennsylvania NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20006