Detailed Data and Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Clean Economy

Sizing the Clean Economy, published by the Brookings Institute in July 2011, claims to be “the first study of the U.S. clean economy to provide timely information that is both comprehensive enough in its scope and detailed enough in its categorization to inform national, state, and regional leaders on the dynamics of the U.S. low-carbon and environmental goods and services “super-sector” as they are transpiring in regions and metropolitan areas”. Of the U.S. green economy between 2003 to 2010, the report finds: Clean economy jobs are predominantly in manufacturing (26%, compared to 9% green jobs in the economy as a whole) and provide more opportunities with better pay for lower-skilled workers. Highly trained innovators-scientists, engineers, and architects-are disproportionately demanded by the clean economy. 64 percent of all current clean economy jobs and 75 percent of its newer jobs created between 2003 to 2010 congregated in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The report’s discussion and policy recommendations emphasize the need for detailed regional and local market labour market information.


Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment at:

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