DOE: Energy jobs growing in nearly every county nationwide

Published on August 17, 2023 by Chris Galford

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According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), energy jobs grew in nearly every county throughout the United States in 2022, as the clean energy industry has taken off.

“This new data confirms what we’ve been seeing and hearing on the ground in states across the country: Bidenomics is working, and the clean energy transformation is creating good jobs in every pocket of America,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said. “As energy jobs continue to grow thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we’re transforming local economies and delivering healthier and more prosperous communities along the way.”

These figures are best viewed, though, through five sectors, each with their own data: Electric Power Generation; Transmission, Distribution, and Storage; Fuels; Energy Efficiency; and Motor Vehicles and Component Parts.

Between 2021 and 2022, energy jobs increased in 95 percent of U.S. counties, helped along by the federal Inflation Reduction Act. Most widespread of these were energy efficiency jobs, which likewise saw jobs increase in 95 percent of counties nationwide, and which the DOE expects to continue growth through 2023. Motor vehicle jobs saw gains in 98 percent of U.S. counties, and 100 counties now host more than 5,000 of these jobs.

In terms of renewables, specifically, solar jobs increased in the largest number of counties: 74 percent. To date, solar jobs exist in 79 percent of counties nationwide, and is the only electric power sector with individual counties employing more than 10,000 workers, although all four that meet this criteria are located in California.