Maui Business

Green Jobs Expected to Increase 26% in 2 Years

December 22, 2010, 9:27 AM HST
* Updated December 22, 9:29 AM
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By Sonia Isotov

The State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released its first workforce assessment of the “green” industry, entitled Hawaii’s Green Workforce: A Baseline Assessment.

20 tables and 20 figures cover 6 core areas and all 4 counties: generate energy, reduce pollution, energy efficiency, education and support, and natural production.

Findings include:

  • Between 2010 and 2012, employer worksites project the number of green jobs to increase by 26 percent to 14,048, accounting for 2.9 percent of total employment.
  • Green jobs in the private sector of Hawai‘i are estimated at 11,145, which accounts for 2.4 percent of total private employment
  • Current green job vacancies are estimated at 670, which represent 1.5 percent of Hawaii’s total unemployment

The report is a product of a $1.2 million competitive grant Hawai‘i was awarded in December of 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act.

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Policy makers, business leaders and the public will utilize this “green” intelligence to help guide their strategic decision-making in areas such as investment, education and workforce development.

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For further information, visit Green Jobs Hawaii website.

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