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New DOE Report Highlights Growth in Utility, Energy Sector Jobs

March 9, 2017
he Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors

The Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all those created in the country.

Additional top-level findings of the extensive report are listed below, and given the wide levels of variations across different states, there is great value in additional review of the reports’ detailed state-by-state data and findings.

  • 2 million Americans are employed, in whole or in part, in the design, installation, and manufacture of Energy Efficiency products and services, adding 133,000 jobs in 2016.
  • Investments in energy transmission, distribution and storage generated 65,000 new jobs
  • Solar industry employment increased by over 73,000 jobs (25%)
  • Wind industry employment grew by 25,000 jobs, for a total of 102,000 at the end of 2016

Across the United States, utilities employ 807,262, with nearly three-quarters working in energy generation, transmission, or distribution:

The full report is available at this link.


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