According to a report by the Brookings Institution, Albany is ranked number one with “green” jobs.
With 6.8% of all jobs in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area devoted to producing environmental benefits, Albany area has the highest concentration of “green” jobs in the U.S.
In addition, Albany has the fifth-fastest growing clean economy among its “peers” in larger metropolitan areas.
And good news for environmentalists and the unemployment rate: this job market is growing. The number of jobs in the “Green” field in the Albany sector grew by an average of 8.8 percent between ’03 and ’10.
That translates to nearly 28,000 jobs in less than a decade.
While this news is exciting, it shouldn’t be surprising – with the Albany NanoTech complex, General Electric, and state government all operating in close quarters, it’s no wonder that Albany should be a big employer of green tech jobs.
Mark Eagan, president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, who provided this information, had these encouraging words to say about the report:
“The report confirms the size, breadth and importance of the clean economy in the Capital Region and validates Tech Valley’s position in a robust and growing green and innovative economy.”
Take a breath of clean green air and puff your chest out with pride, Albany.
How do you feel about Albany’s “really, really green” rating? What do you do to “live green”? Please share with us!