Report: 2.7m green jobs in US; 63,523 in Mass.

Boston and Springfield among leaders in report

A new report from the Brookings Institution indicates 2.7 million people hold down green jobs in the United States. The report says 63,523 of those jobs are in Massachusetts, virtually the same as the 64,310 identified in a recent state-funded report. The Brookings study said the number of green jobs in Massachusetts had increased 3.3 percent since 2003 and their average salary was $47,815.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Nationally, the Brookings report says green jobs are most heavily concentrated in wastewater management and treatment (386,116) and mass transit (350,547).

The Boston metropolitan area ranked eighth highest in the country in terms of green jobs with 41,825, with the New York area coming in at number one with 152,034 jobs. Green jobs totaled 10,443 in Springfield, accounting for 3.5 percent of all jobs in the area, the sixth-highest share in the country.

To read the full report, click here. Also, Governing magazine has a nifty interactive table of the data here.