National policies to reduce US emissions and boost clean energy to date have helped create jobs for nearly 800,000 Americans

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29 March 2017

Source: US Energy and Employment report, US Energy Department

In the US, Electric Power Generation and Fuels technologies directly employ more than 1.9 million workers.

In 2016, 55% - or 1.1 million - of these employees worked in traditional coal, oil, and gas, while almost 800,000 workers were employed in low carbon emission generation technologies, including renewables, nuclear, and advanced/low emission natural gas.

Just under 374,000 individuals work, in whole or in part, for solar firms, with more than 260,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar.

There are an additional 102,000 workers employed at wind firms across the nation.

The solar workforce increased by 25% in 2016, while wind employment increased by 32%.

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