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CA Green Jobs Grew at Slower Pace in 2010

Green jobs in California kept growing in 2010 but at a slower pace than before, according to an annual survey of the state’s emerging clean-tech industry.

The Green Innovation Index, from public policy group Next 10 and the Collaborative Economics consulting firm, counted 176,000 jobs in the state’s green economy as of January 2011, up 1.2 percent from the start of 2010. About 30 percent of those jobs were in the Bay Area.

The annual survey’s methodology, which counts jobs at specific companies rather than using broad estimates, is among the most rigorous used in green-job surveys. That rigor, however, has a downside. The job results are always two years behind.

Nonetheless, for the first time in the survey’s five-year history, green jobs grew at a more sluggish pace than the state’s economy as a whole. California’s total statewide employment rose 2.2 percent in 2010. While businesses in clean energy generation added jobs at a rapid clip, expanding by 5 percent, green building jobs shrank, suffering along with the rest of California’s construction industry.

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