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Think Progress: U.S. solar industry alone employs over 93,500 people

14 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Energy

The U.S. solar industry currently employs more people than the nation’s steel industry Stephen Lacey of Think Progress reports.

Over 93,500 workers are currently employed by the solar industry, a report byThe Solar Foundation concluded last year and those figures are expected to grow. An additional expected 24,000 jobs are expected to be added to the solar industry over the next 12 months, with continued long-term growth after that. Solar jobs, the study also notes, are spread throughout all 50 states. 

The Think Progress chart below illustrates the considerable growth the U.S. industry experienced in the last decade. [Click to enlarge]:

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