According to Wired Magazine in an article entitled, "The Economic Rebound: It Isn't What You Think," Renewable Energy and Environment was the industry with the strongest job growth from 2006 to 2010. Jobs increased 56.8%.
The study was based on a survey of 7 million US members of Linkedin who changed industries from 2006 to 2010.
The massive implosion of real estate prices starting in 2006 then led to a devastating recession beginning in December 2007 that in combination has produced 6.5 million less jobs today than in 2007. The GDP in 2010 was as big as the GDP in 2007 but millions less jobs were needed to produce the same amount of economic output.
Yet, some industries have been growing jobs as others have lost even more.
Where are the jobs growing? In what industries is employment increasing?
Renewables and Environment was number 1. Number 2 was Online Publishing with a 29.1% increase; Wireless up 21.4%; and Oil and Energy up 7.3% also scored highly.
The data again contradict conservative ideologues who say green jobs are not real or don't exist. Pennsylvania has a great opportunity to grow gas as well as renewable energy and environment jobs. Indeed at the end of 2010, Pennsylvania had 41,000 jobs in renewable energy with many more possible in 2011 and beyond.