3.1 Million Jobs in Green Goods and Services in the U.S.

The inaugural issue of Employment in Green Goods and Services was released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 22, revealing that in 2010, 3.1 million jobs, or 2.4% of total employment in the U.S., were associated with the production of green goods and services. Manufacturing had 461,800 GGS jobs, the most among any private sector industry. The BLS green jobs definition contains two components: an output-based definition which includes jobs found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, and which is the subject of the March report. The second, process-based definition includes jobs where duties involve making production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources. A report on process-based jobs is scheduled for Summer 2012.




Employment in Green Goods and Services 2010 is available at:



Two related websites with technical information about data and definitions:the GGS website at: http://www.bls.gov/ggs/; the U.S. BLS Green Jobs website at: http://www.bls.gov/green/ .

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