August 12, 2020 — Just 3,200 clean energy jobs returned in July, indicating stalled growth despite nationwide reopenings. BW Research Partnership’s memo this month shows a stagnant trend: More than half a million (511,100) clean energy workers remain jobless as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Cumulative U.S. workforce losses in the clean energy sector remain at nearly a 15% decline compared to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Clean energy jobs had been growing 70% faster than the overall economy from 2015-2019. One of the nation’s fastest-growing job sectors now faces a long recovery of about fifteen years at the current pace, if Congress continues to withhold assistance.
“July’s analysis is cause for grave concern,” said E4TheFuture’s policy director Pat Stanton. “Clean energy workers in every American county are eager to help our economy recover while contributing to cleaner air. Investing in clean energy today can bring economic, environmental, and equity benefits that will last for decades. Let’s get these workers back on the job now.”
July’s 0.1% employment growth (3,200 jobs) for energy efficiency, renewable power generation, clean vehicles and fuels along with transmission, distribution and storage for all 50 states are detailed in the memo.