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Measuring Green Industry Employment:Issues and Observations in Data Collection

Nicholas Fett, Donald Haughton, Amanda Chadwick, Robert Viegas, and Mark Dewolf


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently published the second detailed economic statistics on industry employment in the green goods and services sector in the United States. With a sample size of approximately 120,000 units, the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey estimates the number of green jobs at both the national level and state level for the private sector as well as the public sector. This paper discusses both the definition of green jobs and methodology used by BLS to develop this new survey as well as the first and second published survey results. Insights gained after two years of data collection, including the effects of an 80-percent overlap of respondents, and two response analysis surveys are evaluated.