Publish Date: September 6, 2022
Nationally, advanced energy employment bounced back from COVID-related job losses with 4.8% growth from 2020 to 2021, faster than overall U.S. job growth of 2.8%, adding 155,000 jobs. Advanced energy jobs are not all the way up to the previous peak of 2019, but they are on an upward trajectory that will only accelerate with the billions of dollars for clean energy investment provided by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act.
At 3.4 million U.S. workers, advanced energy provides more jobs than Food and Beverage Stores and 2 million more than the Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas industries combined. There was year-to-year growth in every one of the five industry segments we track – Energy Efficiency, Advanced Electricity Generation, Advanced Vehicles, Advanced Grid & Energy Storage, and Advanced Fuels – but only Advanced Vehicles set a new employment record, driven by 28% growth in Electric Vehicle (EV) jobs.
The advanced energy employment story is similar in the 12 states for which we have produced fact sheets this year: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. The growth rate in these states varied, ranging from 3.8% to 8.2%, but all are on track to grow with the new federal commitment to clean energy investment.
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