Full Title: Clean Jobs Missouri: Sizing Up Missouri’s Clean Energy Jobs Base and Its Potential
Author(s): Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Publisher(s): Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Publication Date: 05/2015
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Missouri’s clean energy and transportation industry, encompassing renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions management and accounting, accounts for nearly 40,000 workers at more than 4,400 establishments. This number is roughly double Iowa’s clean energy and transportation workforce, but less than half the workers in Illinois and Massachusetts, suggesting room for growth. The energy efficiency sector employs 32,576 clean energy workers, which is 83% of all clean energy jobs in Missouri. Renewable energy firms account for 15% of clean energy employment, or 6,050 workers—3,715 of whom are solar employees.
Missouri’s clean energy economy experienced a 4.8% employment growth, creating 2,000 additional jobs, between 2013 and 2014. Most new positions in the last 12 months have been technician and production workers, concentrated in the installation and manufacturing sector. Firms also remain confident about future growth projections, with 37.6% of businesses expecting to add 3,000 new clean energy workers in the next 12 months (a growth of 7.1%). While there’s always room for improvement in diversity, the sector has recently experienced increased diversity; 25% of new hires in the last 12 months were women, 39.3% were ethnic minorities, and 13.6% were veterans.