According to a PennFuture update, Pennsylvania’s job market seems to be healing from the economic downfall just fine. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that we are on track and plans for green energy may be responsible.
For 2010, Pennsylvania followed Texas and California in the rankings for most new job growth, with the formation of 65,000 new jobs. All three states credit much of their job growth to a thriving clean energy economy that has led to the creation of green jobs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that 106,000 Pennsylvanians are currently working for renewable energy or energy efficiency companies. The report links the boom in energy sector jobs to a few policy decisions made over the last decade, namely the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004, and 2008’s Act 129, and Alternative Energy Investment Act.
PennFuture credits most of the job increases to the drilling in the Marcellus Shale — a major source of natural gas that is partially located in parts of Pennsylvania. However, the opinions of natural gas drilling are mixed, and it is unclear how long these jobs will last. According to the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, most of these jobs are solely created for the drilling phase.
You can read the entire Green Jobs Report here.