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September 2013

Green Goods and Services survey: results and collection

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The trade sector had 223,079 green goods and services jobs in 2011, accounting for 1.1 percent of the industry’s employment. This sector had an increase of 17,512 green goods and services jobs (8.5 percent) over the year. Within the trade sector, the largest increase in green goods and services employment occurred in the miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers industry group (NAICS 4239), which includes recyclable material merchant wholesalers and used merchandise stores. This industry group experienced an increase in green goods and services employment of 9,997. The green goods and services percent of this industry group also experienced the largest increase within the trade sector, growing from 34.4 percent to 36.1 percent.

Leisure and hospitality services had 23,696 green goods and services jobs in 2011 and increased by 3,054 green goods and services jobs (14.8 percent) over the year. The entire green goods and services jobs increase in this industry can be attributed to the museums, historical sites, and similar institutions industry group (NAICS 7121), which includes national parks and zoos. The proportion of the employment in the green goods and services group grew from 16.2 percent in 2010 to 18.1 percent in 2011.

Administrative and waste services had 335,417 green goods and services jobs in 2011, accounting for 4.3 percent of the sector’s employment. This sector had an increase of 4,767 green goods and services jobs (1.4 percent) over the year. The waste collection industry group (NAICS 5621) led the sector’s green goods and services employment growth with an increase of 6,336 in 2011. Remediation and other waste management services (NAICS 5629) had the second largest increase in this sector, with 4,093 green goods and services jobs added. Despite the growth in their green goods and services employment level, neither of these two industries experienced significant growth in the proportion of green goods and services jobs.

The number of green goods and services jobs edged down by 3,382 (–1.4 percent) in the transportation and warehousing sector. In 2011, the sector had 238,755 green goods and services jobs, for 5.9 percent of the sector’s employment. Commuter rail systems and charter bus services are examples of green goods and services within transportation and warehousing. The charter bus industry group (NAICS 4855) had the most significant change in this group, with a decrease of –2,132 green goods and services jobs between 2010 and 2011. The green goods and services employment rate in this industry group also decreased significantly, from 58.4 to 50.2 percent over the year, an 8.2 percentage point decrease.

Utilities

Utilities had 71,129 green goods and services jobs in 2011. The utilities sector green goods and services employment rate grew from 12.5 percent in 2010 to 12.9 percent over the year. The private utilities sector added 2,098 green goods and services jobs, a 3.0 percent increase in 2011. Among the industries involved in private sector electric power generation, nuclear power had the highest green goods and services employment with 44,054 jobs in 2011. Hydroelectric power generation had the second largest green goods and services employment with 3,780 green goods and services jobs. Wind electric power generation was third with 2,724 green goods and services jobs, followed by biomass electric power generation (1,166), geothermal electric power generation (1,017), and solar electric power generation (522). Other electric power generation had 525 green goods and services jobs in 2011.

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Amanda L. Chadwick
chadwick.amanda@bls.gov

Amanda L. Chadwick, formerly an economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, is a program analyst in the Office of Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mark DeWolf

Mark DeWolf, formerly an economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a financial economist with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Nicholas A. Fett
fett.nicholas@bls.gov

Nicholas A. Fett is an economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Robert L. Viegas
viegas.robert@bls.gov

Robert L. Viegas, formerly an economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, is a program analyst in the Office of Field Operations, Bureau of Labor Statistics.