Clean energy manufacturing jobs growing in California, study finds

Despite the decline in manufacturing employment in California, one key industrial sector is seeing robust job growth: the green economy.

In a study released Wednesday, Palo Alto-based nonprofit Next 10 and Collaborative Economics Inc. of Mountain View found that manufacturing jobs in the state's green sector grew by 19 percent between 1995 and 2008. The increase came at the same time that overall manufacturing jobs in California tumbled 9 percent.

While clean tech businesses represent a small segment of the overall manufacturing industry, the study suggests that California's green industry is emerging as a major economic engine. The study noted that other barometers of the green economy – venture capital investments and patent awards – have risen sharply.

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