Skip to comments.'Green' Jobs Estimates Cost Taxpayers Millions (on repetitive surveys)
Posted on 02/27/2012 2:32:18 AM PST by Libloather
'Green' Jobs Estimates Cost Taxpayers Millions
Feds spend $8 million, states $48 million on repetitive surveys
By Don Carrington
Feb. 27th, 2012
RALEIGH Sometime in March, the U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its first report estimating the number of green or clean jobs in the nation. The $8 million BLS project follows $48 million worth of stimulus grants that the Labor Department had made to individual states to produce their own green job definitions and estimates.
North Carolina received $946,000 from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its study. While most states released their green job reports last year, North Carolinas project is behind schedule.
The Indiana green jobs study concluded that the top five Green and Growing Occupations were truck drivers, industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, sales representatives, and maintenance workers.
The Hawaii report lists construction and government as the states two largest green industries.
The Iowa study concluded that the state had 17,059 green jobs, or 3 percent of total statewide employment. Included in that total are 1,007 construction laborers, 603 landscaping workers, and 570 heavy truck drivers.
The Washington state study listed greenhouse workers, electricians, construction laborers, and carpenters as the categories with the most green jobs.
Several states have classified trash collection workers in the green job family.
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