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California’s green economy and job network

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California’s green economy can be measured and identified by companies conducting business in generating and storing renewable energy, recycling existing materials, energy efficient product manufacturing, distribution, construction, installation and maintenance, education, compliance and awareness as well as natural and sustainable product manufacturing. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), California's green economy is determined by the following:

  • Industries generating and storing renewable energy include alternative energy generated by wind, solar, water, biofuels, biomass, hydrogen fuel cells, and geothermal technologies.
  • Businesses in recycling existing materials can best be identified by companies involved in the collection and processing of recyclable materials including water and wastewater, environmental clean-up and remediation. This does not include companies that provide bins for the recycling of paper, glass and aluminum cans, however.
  • Energy efficient product manufacturing using natural and sustainable/non-toxic products, distribution, construction, installation and maintenance including companies involved in research and development and manufacturing of products such as solar panels, energy efficient light fixtures and vehicles as well as companies that build and install green products in residential and commercial real estate.
  • The education, compliance and awareness industries include businesses that provide training for solar panel installation, energy auditing, management and environmental consulting as well as governmental and legislative compliance, conservation and wildlife programs, trading and offsets as well as social assistance.

The measuring of the green economy began in March 2009 with a wide survey of states measuring employment in 120,000 industries that produce green goods and services that benefit the environment. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) implemented a methodology to generate estimates of green goods services employment from businesses who participated in the survey. In March 1 2013, President Obama ordered spending cuts causing the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to cut its current budget by more than $30 million eliminating data on employment by industry and occupation for businesses that produce green goods and services as well as occupations and wages of jobs related to green technologies and practices. The current resurgence of the economy will hopefully allow for the continuing of the green economic measurement from BLS to encourage environmental awareness in the buying of green goods and services and avoid future dependence on foreign goods and oil.

The state of California posts a green job network available at http://california.greenjobs.net (hosted by greenjobsearch.org) that features a list of resources for job seekers looking for jobs or careers on social or environmental responsibility.

Currently, the unemployment rate for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale Metropolitan Division remains unchanged at 8.1 percent in July from a revised 8.1 percent in June from 10.0 percent in July 2013 (percentages seasonally adjusted) according to the August 15 report released by the Employment Development Department (EDD) of California. Unemployment decreased by 1000 to 403,000 over the month.

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