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Study: Growth in Midwestern Clean Energy Employment

Toledo Blade:

The number of American workers holding clean energy jobs will soon pass 600,000, and Ohio and Michigan are home to a large portion of the workforce, according to a report released Thursday.

The 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest report was compiled by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a non-profit group of business owners and investors. Job figures and economies for Ohio, Michigan, and 10 other Midwestern states (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) were examined.

The Midwest added more than 30,000 clean energy jobs last year — a 5.41 percent increase from 2015 — to bring the region’s total to 599,775. Such jobs include those in energy generation roles and those involved in the production and maintenance of hybrid and electric vehicles.

“These people are going to work every day with jobs in energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, clean cars, manufacturing, and construction jobs,” said Environmental Entrepreneurs spokesman Gail Parson. “There are twice as many people with clean energy jobs in the Midwest than computer programmers in the entire country.”

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