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January 2013

BLS green jobs overview

Dixie Sommers

Through its green jobs initiative, BLS has developed its green jobs definition and published information on green careers and results from three new data collection activities that measure the number of green jobs that produce green goods and services and the number of jobs related to the use of green technologies and practices The first decade of this century saw growing attention to issues of renewable energy, energy independence and conservation, and global warming. This interest led to an expectation that a "green economy" would emerge and create associated "green jobs". Many public officials at all levels of government, as well as business leaders and others, developed plans and programs regarding green jobs, such as Congress passing the Green Jobs Act in 2007. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contained significant funding for energy projects and green jobs training.

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