WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16—According to a new CSG report, stimulus-funded green jobs grew by 70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. CSG’s original report, released in December, found roughly 13,000 green jobs were created or saved from when the Recovery Act was enacted to Sept. 30, 2009.
Today, CSG released an update to that report showing that green jobs, created or saved by Recovery Act funding, rose to 22,300 jobs between Oct. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009. These jobs were supported by programs funded by the Department of Energy, Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency.
Ohio continues to lead the nation with more than 3,000 green jobs created. In this quarter, green jobs were created or saved in all states, with four states in addition to Ohio breaking the 1,000 green job threshold: California, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. Wisconsin’s numbers also stand out, growing from 27 jobs in the first quarter to just more than 600 in the second quarter.
Per the Office of Management and Budget guidelines, Recovery Act recipients are not required to count cumulative jobs. As a result, the 22,300 jobs included in this report provide only a snapshot in time, which includes some jobs that were created in the previous quarter that continue to be supported by Recovery Act funds, as well as new jobs initiated this quarter.
The figures included in the report only reflect jobs created or saved in programs that started prior to the Dec. 31 reporting deadline. Green job programs under the Department of Labor had not yet begun to create jobs, and many of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant programs were just getting underway in this time.
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