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Ohio Has More Advanced Energy Jobs than in Education, Double Those at Auto Dealers

Posted by Advanced Energy Economy on Jul 26, 2018

More Ohio Jobs in Advanced Energy than in
Education, Double Those at Auto Dealers

Ohio has more than 112,000 advanced energy workers today, with 5% growth expected in 2018

Columbus, July 26, 2018 — Today, Ohio Advanced Energy Economy (Ohio AEE) announced that Ohio has more than 112,000 people working in advanced energy across the state. This figure represents more workers than in Schools, Colleges, and Training Programs (98,884) and twice as many as those employed at Auto Dealers (49,097). Nationally, the advanced energy industry employs 3.4 million U.S. workers.

These figures were released in a fact sheet derived from analysis by national business group Advanced Energy Economy and BW Research Associates of data from the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report published by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) earlier this year, as well as data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Despite attempts to weaken the advanced energy industry over the past six years, jobs continue to grow — now with over 112,000 workers and 4% more expected this year — making this a significant economic sector for Ohio,” said Ray Fakhoury, legislative affairs director for Ohio AEE. “But there's so much more opportunity. Ohio could be a leader in the Midwest if lawmakers embraced an all-of-the-above energy portfolio that captures the economic benefits of advanced energy technologies.”

Key Ohio employment details:

  • Energy efficiency led advanced energy employment with 79,700 jobs.
  • Employers expect their advanced energy jobs to grow 5% in 2018.
  • Top 5 counties for advanced energy jobs are: Cuyahoga (14,300), Franklin (13,100), Hamilton (11,800), Summit (5,600), and Montgomery (4,900). 

Ohio AEE members met with gubernatorial candidates in March, ahead of the state primary. In May, Ohio AEE released a policy roadmap to the gubernatorial campaigns of Democratic nominee Richard Cordray and Republican nominee Mike DeWine outlining how advanced energy can drive economic growth in the state. 

“Ohio’s next governor has a tremendous opportunity to harness the economic potential of the advanced energy industry to grow the Ohio economy, meet customer demand for clean energy, and create even more high-quality jobs across the state,” said Ted Ford, president of Ohio AEE.

About Ohio Advanced Energy Economy
Ohio Advanced Energy Economy (Ohio AEE) is the business voice behind Ohio’s advanced energy industry. Our organization works to make the energy all Ohioans use clean, secure, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Learn more at and follow the latest news at @OHAdvEnergyEcon.

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