Green Jobs City Leader Is…Los Angeles?

The Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs (CCEJ) network recently released a study showing that Los Angeles leads the entire nation in number of green jobs, and that this number is expected to double in the next 30 years. By 2040, there will be a projected 433,000 jobs in the region, says Philip Romero, former Dean of CSU Los Angeles College of Business and Economics and preparer of the report.

The report shows that over the last 15 years, the green job sector has grown at triple the rate of any of the other sectors in the area’s economy. Out of the approximately 4.5 million workers in LA, about 178,500 are employed at a green job as of 2010, accounting for about 3.9% of total employment, and 4.5% of private sector employment. In contrast, those employed in petroleum and coal production make up only a fraction of this, with only about 4,400 in that field.

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This is good news for California, whose economy took a major hit in the recession, resulting in many job losses. The green job sector is shown by the report to be about comparable with the state’s aerospace and utility industries during their peaks before the recession, and far surpasses the state’s mining industry. The projected increase in green job employment is predicted to equal the job loss seen in the manufacturing and information industries during the recession. Prospective employees will also be happy to know that green jobs pay well. The report says that jobs in the green sector “have substantial skill requirements allowing workers to command wages with a 50% to 100% premium over the average job.”

“The study reinforces what we have known Los Angeles is capable of being: a center of innovation and green job creation,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “We have made great progress and remain committed to strengthening public-private partnerships, bringing new research opportunities, clean manufacturing, and other high-quality clean tech jobs to the LA region.”

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.