Clean economy growth spurt generates over 71,000 jobs for Massachusetts
- 13 September 2012
NEW YORK: The clean energy economy in US state Massachusetts, has seen a growth spurt over the last year that has created over 71,000 jobs in the sector.
Between July 2011 and July 2012, the eastern US state saw the clean energy economy grow 11.2%, with 71,523 people now employed across 4,995 different businesses.
The sector's growth has been helped by increasing clean energy investment from the Government. The state has supported legislation such as the Green Jobs Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act, which has resulted in it receiving 17% of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program funding for transformative energy research.
“I have said from the beginning of this Administration that, if we get clean energy right, the world will be our customer,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said. “This past year’s 11.2% increase in clean energy jobs means that we are getting it right and the world knows it.
“Investing in our nation-leading clean energy agenda is the right thing to do for our environment, our energy independence, our public health and our economic vitality. We owe it to our future to keep this momentum going strong.”
Leading America's low carbon growth
The jobs figures come from a report released by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), who expect this growth to continue. “Employers surveyed are optimistic about the coming year and expect to hire more workers in 2013,” MassCEC states in its press release. “Clean energy continues to maintain its place as one of the Commonwealth’s marquee industries, with 1.7% of the total Massachusetts workforce.”
As the recession continues in America, Massachusetts' good news provides evidence of the growth the clean energy sector can spur. Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group comments: "States are leading the way on low-carbon growth in the US, and these latest numbers from Massachusetts are a case in point. It should serve as an example to federal policymakers of what is possible when the government commits to a low carbon future."