According to a solar job census done by the Solar Foundation, the solar energy industry in the United States accounts for 119,016 jobs. Even more astounding is that number represents 13.2% growth over the previous year, making solar energy once again one of America's fastest growing job sectors. During the same period, job growth in the overall economy was 2.3%.
“The solar industry has grown at significantly higher rates than most other industries in the past several years, making it one of the foremost creators of new jobs in the United States,” said Andrea Luecke, TSF Executive Director. “Our census findings indicate that these new jobs are highly skilled in nature, including solar installation, sales, marketing and software development. These new solar industry jobs are sustainable, cannot be outsourced and play a critical role in our country’s economic recovery.” Press Release from the Solar Foundation
In contrast, the US Energy Information Administration reported that in 2011 there were 91,610 employed in the coal mining industry. Link
The full report will be released on November 14.