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Posted December 10, 2009 by

San Diego Jobs in Green Industries are Second-Best in California

The high number of San Diego jobs considered to be “green” place the city second-best in California for green-collar positions. Visit to learn more.
According to “Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs,” a new report from Next 10 and Collaborative Economics, green jobs grew by 5 percent from 2007 to 2008 while the overall economy slowed.
Jobs in the green industry include everything from air quality emissions monitoring and control to other positions in the fuel cell and renewable energy industries. The current number of green jobs is comparable to the number of jobs in the biotech and software sectors.
From 1995 to 2008, the report found, the number of green jobs in California increased almost three times as much as all jobs throughout the state. Total jobs increased by 13 percent during that time, while green jobs increased by 36 percent – from 117,000 to 159,000 – and green businesses increased by 45 percent.
Sacramento saw the biggest increase in green jobs, with employment increasing from 7,019 to 13,102 jobs, up 87 percent, from 1995 to 2008. The city was followed by San Diego with 57 percent growth; the Bay Area with 51 percent growth; and Orange County and the Inland Empire with 50 percent growth.
“Data show that green sector businesses are taking root across every region in California, generating jobs across a wide spectrum of skill levels and earnings potential,” F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist and philanthropist who founded Next 10, said. “While green jobs clearly cannot solve the state’s current unemployment challenges, over time these jobs could become a growing portion of total jobs in California.”