This report,'The Missouri Green Jobs Report, was produced by the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center. The report, based on a survey of state businesses, found that green jobs accounted for nearly five percent of Missouri’s total employment or about 131,000 job positions are part of the green economy sectors. The survey’s findings were based on Missouri’s definition of green jobs as those directly involved in generating or supporting a firm’s green-related products or services. The state’s green economy is defined as being comprised of industries that provide green products or services in six areas: Energy, Manufacturing, Building, Farming, Salvage/Remediation, and Government.
The Workforce Information Council (WIC) recently released the final report of its Green Jobs Study Group. The report is the first of its kind in providing key insights into green jobs definitions and analysis from various agency leaders who have already designed and executed studies to assess the green economy at the state level. As such, it is an immense resource for individuals working in labor market information, economic development, and applied research. There is, however, no single accepted definition for a green job, or an agreed-upon manner to analyze the green economy. This report details the thought process behind key green economy studies conducted at the state level, and lessons learned in how this ill-defined area of the economy is best studied. Key discussion items from the report include: • Before engaging in an analysis of the green economy, it is important to know what it is that you are trying to show in the study. Various state reports tackle the topic in different ways based upon the unique strengths and policy implications present. • Defining the terms of what entails a green job or green economic activity is not easy. States have defined the concepts in various ways. The report illustrates different definitions and provides guidance on how to establish definitions useful for measurement. • The survey method is common to quantify the green economy. The report provides guidance for an effective survey-based study, from the initial planning through the dissemination of the final report. • Depending on the purpose of the study, states are also using analytical and qualitative methods. Using data currently available and interview methods, states have compiled reports. Others, namely Michigan, have combined these methods with a survey in its analysis. • Areas for further development and an action plan for how to move forward with capturing green economy data in LMI are discussed.
OilCareers.com, the international job board for the oil and gas industry, is encouraging recruiters and candidates to approach 2011 with “guarded optimism” following the release of its latest white paper.
In June 2011 a study conducted by Middle Tennessee State University for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development was released. The study indicated that green jobs in Tennessee grew by 8 percent in 2010, far faster than the 1.2 percent average job growth rate statewide. The study also showed that more than 6,000 green businesses employed 43,800 workers last year and businesses in the survey said they plan to add 3,645 additional workers in 2011.
In 2010, 3.1 million jobs in the United States were associated with the production of green goods and services, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Green Goods and Services (GGS) jobs are found in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
Michelle Melton is a Research Analyst with the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and our guest blogger this week. Read about Michelle's perspective on why it's hard to count green jobs.