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Before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the economy, the energy sector was an engine for U.S. job growth. A new report today shows that energy efficiency produced the most new jobs within that sector — more than 54,000 last year alone — and directly supported at least 2.38 million jobs. Now that much of that work is suspended, restoring and increasing those jobs will be critical as U.S. policymakers consider ways to shore up the economy.
The annual report highlights what was the growing demand for workers to make and install energy-efficient products as well as build energy-saving vehicles, homes, and buildings. As a rising number of Americans file for unemployment because of COVID-19 impacts, contractors nationwide who install efficient products in homes are being furloughed, and factories that make electric cars and efficient products are shutting down.