According to a study done by the Brookings Institute and Battele, there are about 2.7 million green jobs is the U.S. The study was conducted between 2003 and 2010. Using this 2.7 million figure translates into more employment in green sectors than in fossil fuel.
Using the bureau of Labor statistics, a graph was created that compared Total Jobs with Clean Economy jobs. The study also researched and created a list of cities that have the highest percentage of green jobs.
Any time you review green jobs number, pay close attention to how the organizations are defining "green jobs." In this case they are including a wide range of industries including waste management and treatment, conservation, energy saving materials, public transit, organic food, smart grid and renewable energy. If you compare their list with our Green Economy Map, you'll see they've covered a lot of the green sectors we track.
To download the entire report from the Brookings Institute go here.