An estimated 6.4 million Americans are currently working in the traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors in 2016 according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Furthermore, with regards to job growth in the energy sector, according to the latest U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) in 2016:
- the traditional energy and energy efficiency industries added over 300,000 (net) new jobs in 2016, 14% of the nation’s job growth
- the number of energy efficiency jobs in the United States increased by 133,000 for a total of 2.2 million
- investments in energy transmission, distribution and storage generated 65,000 new jobs
- solar industry employment increased by over 73,000 jobs (25%)
- wind industry employment grew by 25,000 jobs, for a total of 102,000 at the end of 2016
But, this growth in the energy sector is unevenly distributed across the fifty states according to the latest USEER. Some states (e.g. California and Texas) have experienced “dramatic employment gains” in part thanks to abundant renewable energy resources. Others (e.g. West Virginia and Wyoming) have seen declining employment, in particular related to shrinking coal employment.