U.S. Department of Energy counts about 333,000 solar jobs

The U.S. solar industry added 17,212 jobs last year, a 5.4 percent increase over the previous year. The sector counted exactly 333,887 jobs at the end of 2021, up from 316,675 a year earlier, according to figures compiled by the Department of Energy (DOE) for this year’s U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). However, the solar industry is still down 3.4 percent from the total of 345,393 jobs in 2019.
Overall, after a sharp decline to 7.5 million in 2020, the number of people employed in the energy sector increased 4.0 percent to its current 7.8 million. This increase is well above the overall U.S. employment’s average of plus 2.8 percent. The DOE attributes 40 percent or a good three million jobs to the »net-zero emissions economy,« which in the statistics also includes electric and hybrid cars. These two sectors are also those with the highest growth rates in employment figures, up 26.2 percent and 19.7 percent respectively, followed at a considerable distance by the solar industry and wind power (up 2.9 percent).

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