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NEW DATA: Jobs in Green Economy Growing More Than Three Times Faster Than Jobs in Total Economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Jan. 19, 2011 Many Shades of Green" January 2008 California California

F. Noel Perry California California

Sacramento , "Many Shades of Green: Regional Distribution and Trends in California’s Green Economy, 2011" ( California California $466 million California


  • From January 2008-09, green jobs expanded by three percent statewide, compared to a one percent increase in overall jobs.
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  • Sacramento Area Orange County San Joaquin Valley
  • The Bay Area and the San Diego Region led in green job growth over the most recent observable year, expanding by eight percent and seven percent respectively (January 2008-2009).
  • While manufacturing employment represents only 11 percent of statewide employment, it represents 26 percent of all green employment. This sector increased ten percent over the most recent observable period (January 2008-2009).
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Regional Trends

Bay Area (p. 14)

  • The Bay Area has recorded the strongest green employment gains in the state, expanding by 109 percent since 1995.
  • January 2008
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Los Angeles Area

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  • Los Angeles Area January 2008

Orange County

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  • Orange County
  • Orange County

San Diego Region (p. 20)

  • San Diego
  • Water & Wastewater green establishments grew from under 50 to nearly 80, reflective of a 58 percent growth in this sector since 1995.
  • January 1995

Sacramento Area

  • Sacramento Area January 1995
  • The Energy Generation sector brought roughly 1,900 new jobs to the region, and increased nine percent in the most recent observable period (January 2008-2009).  
  • January 1995

Inland Empire (p. 25)

  • January 1995
  • The Energy Generation sector has powered much of the employment growth in the Inland Empire’s Core Green Economy. Employment grew 129 percent from 1995 to 2009, adding roughly 1,500 jobs.
  • In the Clean Transportation sector, the Inland Empire has become a leader in Alternative Fuels with employment shares nearly triple the statewide average.

San Joaquin Valley

  • San Joaquin Valley January 1995
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • January 2008
  • Clean transportation sector employment more than tripled from 1995 to 2009 growing to nearly 500 jobs. With an employment concentration 50 percent above the state average, this segment represents an important regional strength.

Central Coast (p. 28)

  • Green employment in the Central Coast grew three percent in the most recent reported year.
  • January 1995
  • Employment in the region’s Energy Generation sector increased 165 percent from the start of 1995 to 2009. Energy Storage tripled in employment over this period and was mainly driven by growth related to fuel cells.

Sacramento Valley (p. 30)

  • January 1995 January 2008
  • The Sacramento Valley leads the state in the Agriculture Support sector and is a leader in the production of biofuels. Representing 46 percent of green employment in this region, Agriculture Support added roughly 330 jobs from 1995 to 2009. Employment in this segment is 23 times more concentrated than the statewide average.

North Coast (p. 32)

  • January 2009
  • The North Coast’s largest green segment, Energy Generation, accounts for 25 percent of total green employment. Since 1995, Energy Generation jobs increased 32 percent, and 25 businesses opened.

Sierra Region (p. 34)

  • January 1995
  • The number of business establishments in the Water & Wastewater sector increased 31 percent over the 15-year period.
  • With employment shares 60 percent above the statewide average, the Energy Generation sector is highly concentrated in the Sierra Region. The Solar and Wind sectors have driven this growth.


San Mateo, California

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