Quality Employment for Women in the Green Economy: Industry, Occupation, and State-by-State Job Estimates

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil., Jeff Hayes, Ph.D., Anlan Zhang, Tonia Bui

April 2, 2013
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This report provides the first-ever estimates of women’s employment
in the green economy, state-by-state, by industry, and by occupation.
The analysis draws on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community
Survey; the Brookings-Battelle Clean Economy database; and the U.S.
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Green Goods and Services
survey. The report examines women’s share of employment in the
occupations predicted to see the highest growth in the green economy
and includes two alternative state-by-state estimates for growth in
green jobs. Focusing on investments in green buildings and retrofits,
the report includes a state-by-state analysis of employment in key construction
occupations by age, race, ethnicity, and gender. This report
was funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Sustainable
Employment in a Green US Economy (SEGUE) Program. It is the first of
a series of publications investigating strategies for improving women’s
access to quality employment in the green economy; future reports will
address good practices in workforce development for women in the
green economy.