The Dramatic Rise In Green Construction Employment

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has been using increasingly sophisticated methods to study how green jobs are rising in a vast array of different industries in the United States. By classifying jobs that are environmentally friendly in their practices as well as in producing green goods and services (GGS), the bureau can very precisely monitor the rise of green jobs in certain industiral sectors.

The BLS separated industries into four categories including environmental education and training, energy efficiency, conservation/pollution reduction and renewable energy generation. In a wide ranging report set out by the BLS, studying over a decade of green jobs growth, it had noted that the construction industry had one of the highest percentage of green jobs in the country.

By 2009, a significant 38% of the sector had jobs related to green goods and services (or GGS), which is approximately 820,700 different establishments across the US. Certainly, green building construction is something which is both environmentally friendly and cost effective and that is why there has been so many green jobs created in this industry. Energy efficiency has a big role in why construction has considered green options more than other sectors. For example, one company McGraw-Hill construction, have published estimates of US green non-residential building construction:

Just 7 years ago, this sector was estimated as being worth only $3billion, 5 years later in 2010 this had skyrocketed to approximately $50billion. If these estimates are correct, McGraw-Hill, believe that non-residential construction alone will exceed $140billion in value in 2015, 50 times larger than a decade before.
Of course this has had a massive impact in the amount of people working in green jobs within construction. In 2008, it was approximated that 7.2million were employed in construction in total with 1 in 7, about 1million people, being classed as working in the green sector. By 2013, this figure could have trebled to possibly 3.3million, if the US Green Building Council is to be believed, and we are not even including other companies which provide supplies for green construction. For the Green sector to continue creating such jobs though, the Federal government will need to continue to back jobs created by green goods and services. Energy efficiency and self reliance is an important way of ensuring that demand among consumers is high, and to help the construction industry out of the difficulties it has found itself in.
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