Growth of Sacramento's clean-energy sector flat in 2009

The Sacramento BeeJanuary 21, 2011 

After doubling over the past 15 years, job growth in Sacramento's green sector was flat in 2009, according to a new study. But San Francisco-based Next 10, which released the report, said the local region continues to be a leader in the state's rapidly expanding green economy and is well-positioned for further growth.

Next 10's report found that between January 1995 and January 2009, the number of jobs in Sacramento's core green sector grew by 7,100, or 103 percent, to 13,953. The growth rate was more than three times that of the region's entire job base, which was up by 28 percent during the same 15-year time frame.

But between 2008 and 2009, the number of local green jobs increased just 0.25 percent. But since then, the region's green economy has benefited from millions of dollars in state funding, federal stimulus money and private sector investments.

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