Job creation was a hot topic in the 2012 presidential election, and the one industry that’s expanding more than the economy as a whole is the American solar industry.
According to The Solar Foundation National Solar job Census 2012, the solar industry is expanding at a rate of six times that of the overall economy.
On November 2, 2012, The Solar Foundation announced that the U.S. solar industry has crated 119,016 jobs. This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar jobs and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the last year. Employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning that 1 in 230 jobs have been provided by the solar industry in the last year.
Executive Director Andrea Luecke said in a press release by The Solar Foundation, “The solar industry has grown at significantly higher rates than most other industries in the past several years, making it one of the foremost creators of new jobs in the United States. These new solar industry jobs are sustainable, cannot be outsourced and play a critical role in our country’s economic recovery.”
The full report comes out November 14, 2012.
Source: Solar Industry Grows 13.2 Percent, Adds 13K Jobs, Renewable Energy World