The Solar Foundation’sState Solar Jobs Census 2015provides current employment, trends, and projected growth in the solar industry. This year’sState Censusis comprised of individual reports for 14 states, an interactive district level map atwww.SolarStates.org, and thisCompendium, which includes summaries of all states and regions based on the nine U.S. Census Divisions.
This work follows the January 2016 release of theNational Solar Jobs Census 2015. TheNational Censusfound that as of November 2015, the U.S. solar industry employs nearly 209,000 solar workers, representing a growth rate of 20.2% since November 2014, and 123% since The Solar Foundation first started tracking solar workers in 2010. In 2015, the solar industry added workersat a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall economy, accounting for 1.2% of all jobs created in the U.S. Over the next 12 months, employers expect to see total employment in the solar industry increase by 14.7% – which is 13 times faster than the U.S. workforce as a whole is expected to grow2 – to approximately 240,000 solar workers. Nationally, solar power currently produces approximately 1% of U.S. electricity generation, but that too is expected to increase in coming years.
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