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Energy Sector Jobs Grew Overall in 2017, While Solar Declined (1)

May 16, 2018, 2:00 PMUpdated: May 16, 2018, 10:26 PM

Energy sector employment added 133,000 net new jobs in 2017, despite losses in the solar industry due to a reduction in installations between 2016 and 2017.

“Solar jobs declined for the first time since 2010, but other low-emissions forms of electric generation—wind, combined heat and power, geothermal, low-impact hydro, advanced low-emissions natural gas—all grew,” said David Foster, lead author of a report released May 16.

Energy efficiency employed 2.25 million Americans in 2017 in full-time and part-time positions. These include the design, installation, and manufacturing of energy efficiency products, and saw a net growth of 3 percent or 67,000...

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