The Labor Department says at least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation’s total employment.
The official count of environmentally friendly jobs is the first ever by the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Environmental groups cheered the report Thursday as an affirmation that green jobs are a factor in the nation’s economic recovery. President Barack Obama has set a goal of creating 5 million green jobs and his stimulus plan provided $80 billion to help boost this emerging sector.
Read more at Official Wire. By Sam Hananel, AP.