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Clean Jobs Midwest Report 2017

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Clean Jobs Midwest is a survey of clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The region employs 599,775 workers in sectors including renewable energy generation, advanced grid, energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation.

Between 2015 and 2016, clean energy jobs in the Midwest grew by more than 5%, adding 30,795 jobs. The clean energy economy is creating jobs approximately five times faster than the rest of the economy in the Midwest.

The clean energy economy is growing in every Midwestern state, but clean energy can grow even faster. By implementing good public policy—such as state renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency standards—we can create even more clean energy jobs across the region. As this survey shows, the Midwest is at the forefront of our nation’s clean energy future.

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