The Today The Solar Foundation (TSF) recently released its 4th National Jobs Census report, which showed a remarkable growth in the U.S. labor market for solar energy employment.
The nonprofit found that the U.S. solar industry now employs more than 142,000 individuals, having added upwards of 23,000 new jobs in 2013. A solar worker is defined as someone who devotes at least 50 percent of his or her work to solar-related activities.
This is a 20 percent increase over 2012 figures and ten times higher than the national average employment growth rate, which was 1.9 percent. The huge need for solar jobs can be correlated to the dramatic decrease in solar project costs.
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