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Jobs in US Green Economy Grew to 6% of Total Employment in 2020

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A new report shows that the percentage of jobs in the U.S. that fall under the category “green” has increased over the last 50 years to 9 million, or 6% of the total workforce.

This number is not only set to exponentially rise to 24 million, or 14% of total workforce over the next 10 years, but is already underestimated in most private and public employment data.

The report was prepared by Working Nation, a non-profit aimed at educating people about job trends to help influence positive outcomes for the workers of the future.

Using a simple definition for “green economy” and “green jobs” gave Working Nation a metric that was neither on the high end or low end of existing job count estimates, and one that matched other metrics used in inter-industry job tracking reports.

Most green jobs in the green economy, the report found, are actually quite typical jobs that don’t represent actual solar-panel installation, for example—but often fall under roles in, say, accountancy or engineering, for green economy firms or production.

The future of the green economy in the report was all the more striking. Two separate research/data collection/data analysis services prepared forecasts of the green economy under the parameters set by Working Nation and found that the green economy over the next eight years will grow at sixteen times the nationwide job creation rate.

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Recovering addicts to get help finding work

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – A program aimed at helping find work for people recovering from addiction now has the funding it needs to get off the ground.

Anchor Recovery Center of Northern New York received $56,000 from the city Watertown last week.

It’s a grant which is part of the 2020 ‘Cares Act’ from the federal government. The Cares Act distributed billions of dollars across the country in response to an economy damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anchor Recovery’s new leader says the program involves The Workplace of Jefferson County, and Community Action Planning Council. The goal is to get people in recovery a job, and bring on a ‘case worker’ as a line of communication between employee and employer.

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Plenty of jobs available as we head into the holiday season

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – As we head into the holiday season, a local job expert says there’s plenty of seasonal and permanent work out there.

Cheryl Mayforth from the Jefferson County Workplace says there is a 9-1 ratio for job openings to job seekers, giving laborers more choices for where they want to work.

Mayforth says a lot of the current jobs are seasonal, but says those can turn into permanent positions. And she expects more job opportunities to become available with Canada easing border restrictions.

“Canadian shoppers can come back and forth with somewhat ease. Business is going to pick up and we certainly, for those looking for jobs, you should be able to find one,” said Mayforth.

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