US adds over 17,000 solar jobs in 2021, with 40% of all energy jobs now concentrated on net zero transition

Jun 29, 2022 04:50 PM ET
  • The United States solar market added 17,212 jobs in 2021, up 5.4% on 2020 numbers, with 40% of all United States energy jobs now focused on the transition to a net zero economic situation, according to the Department of Energy's (DOE) US Energy as well as Employment Report (USEER).
US adds over 17,000 solar jobs in 2021, with 40% of all energy jobs now concentrated on net zero transition
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Despite financial unpredictability following the pandemic, the US energy sector experienced positive job development in 2021, enhancing 4.0% from 2020 levels and outmatching total US employment, which climbed 2.8% in the same duration.

Generally, the total number of energy jobs increased from 7.5 million in 2020 to more than 7.8 million in 2021, with greater than 3 million of these concentrated on the energy transition, the report showed.

In 2015's report found that although the US energy market had been one of the nation's fastest-growing job markets prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was up to 7.5 million jobs by the end of 2020, a decline of 840,000 settings or a 10% decline year-over-year, meaning there are still less US energy jobs than before the pandemic.

" Among the unique difficulties of a nation coming out of an international pandemic, America's energy industry sticks out with considerable job development across nearly all markets," said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

" DOE's USEER report reveals that jobs crucial to our clean energy transition get on the rise and also positioned for ongoing expansion thanks to the historical financial investments from the President's Bipartisan Framework Legislation."

Jobs in the United States transmission, distribution, and storage space sector enhanced by 1.9% (22,779 new jobs) in spite of an intense and installing concentrate on the United States' grid blockage troubles that have seen thousands of gigawatts of renewable resource stuck in interconnection queues.

The United States clean transport sector recorded remarkable job development numbers. Electric vehicle jobs raised by 26.2%, including 21,961 new jobs, while hybrid electrical vehicle jobs enhanced 19.7% (23,577 new jobs).

Furthermore, the amount of jobs in contaminating energy industries decreased. Jobs in the petroleum industry declined by 31,593 (a 6.4% drop), while coal fuel jobs fell by an even better percentage as the sector shed 7,125 jobs, standing for a 11.8% decline. Jobs in coal power generation fell by a smaller sized amount-- 572 jobs, a decrease of simply 0.8%. Nuclear power jobs likewise decreased by 2,440 in 2021, a drop of 4.2%.

At the state level, Michigan, California and Texas registered the highest energy job development throughout the nation, with a specific concentrate on reduced or zero-carbon transport, while West Virginia and also Pennsylvania included one of the most jobs in transmission, circulation and storage space, gaining 7,321 and also 5,726 new jobs, specifically.

The report also revealed that 10% of employees in the energy market are represented by a union or covered by project labour agreements, contrasted to simply 6% in US the economic sector.

"As a nation, it is critical that we do all that we can to guarantee that the growth of these industries proceeds and that the jobs produced are excellent, union jobs," stated Jason Walsh, executive supervisor of BlueGreen Alliance Executive, which looks for to connect work unions and environmental organisations.

When it comes to demographics, guys made up 74% of the US energy workforce (compared with the national average of 53%), while non-white workers were overrepresented in the United States energy sector (26%) compared to the national standard (22%). Black or African American employees stood for 8% of the energy workforce, compared with 12% across the country.

That claimed, market information need to be consulted with care as the DOE said "surveys were filled in by companies who do not constantly have an accurate understanding of the racial and ethnic makeup of their employees".

The 2022 USEER is based upon surveys of roughly 33,000 private energy businesses integrated with public labour information to create price quotes of employment and workforce qualities.

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