Where are California’s Green Jobs?

Russ Steele

The 24/7 Wall St Wire has compiled this list of states where green jobs are thriving.  I was expecting to find California at the top of  the list, since our government leaders claimed our state is the nations leader in green job development. Well apparently, we are not with an unemployment rate of 10.9 that is much higher than the real green job leaders.

One has to ask why, if our political leaders claim California is the leader we is the state not at the top of this list?  The numbers do not lie, but politicians may,  your call!

1. Vermont

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 4.4%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 3.9%
  • > Unemployment rate: 5.0%

2. Idaho

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.7%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 2.8%
  • > Unemployment rate: 8.1%

3. Alaska

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.6%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 2.8%
  • > Unemployment rate: 7.2%

4. Maryland

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.6%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 2.8%
  • > Unemployment rate: 6.5%

5. Montana

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.5%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 2.4%
  • > Unemployment rate: 6.5%

6. Oregon

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.4%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 2.9%
  • > Unemployment rate: 8.8%

7. Colorado

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.3%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 3%
  • > Unemployment rate: 7.8%

8. Pennsylvania

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.3%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 3.1%
  • > Unemployment rate: 7.6%

9. Washington

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3.3%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 3%
  • > Unemployment rate: 8.3%

10. New York

  • > Green jobs as percentage of total: 3%
  • > Green jobs in private sector as percentage of total: 1.9%
  • > Unemployment rate: 8.3%

Read more: Ten States Where Green Jobs Thrive – 24/7 Wall St. http://247wallst.com/2012/03/27/ten-states-where-green-jobs-thrive/#ixzz1qKIw64vJ

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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