US clean energy jobs grew by 3.9% in 2022
Clean energy jobs grew by 3.9%, adding 114,000 jobs nationally, increasing to over 40% of total energy jobs.
Clean energy technologies, such as solar and wind, accounted for more than 84% of net new electric power generation jobs, adding over 21,000 jobs (+3.6% growth), and jobs related to zero emissions vehicles saw nearly 21% growth, adding over 38,000 jobs.
US companies working with clean energy fuels, which it defined as corn ethanol, woody biomass/cellulosic biofuels and other biofuels, saw a job increase of 1.7% (1,962 new jobs).
Compared to 2021, the corn ethanol industry employed 35,152 workers in 2022, an increase of 1.6% (561 workers).
Of corn ethanol fuels jobs, the largest growth was seen in the wholesale trade industry, which brought 240 new jobs. Manufacturing saw 140 additional jobs, agriculture 33 and professional & business services 45.
The growth in clean energy jobs was faster than last year’s robust overall job growth, which the department said reflected increased investments and jobs that’s in large parts to the Biden's Investing in America agenda.
“Today’s report shows that the clean energy transition is accelerating, with job growth across every pocket of America, and that unionised employers are filling these new positions with much more ease than non-unionised employers,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.”
“The clean energy sector plays a critical role in combating the ongoing climate crisis as well as promoting job creation and economic development in New Hampshire and across the nation,” said US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH), whose long-standing efforts to recommit the administration to collecting data and publishing this annual report help guide policy on energy and workforce development.
“This new data from the 2023 US Energy and Employment Report shows strong growth in energy jobs, and as investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act really start to gear up, I expect we’ll see this growth accelerate over the next few years.”