The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) received funding beginning in fiscal year 2010 to develop and implement the collection of new data on Green Jobs.
The goal of the BLS green jobs initiative is to develop information on (1) the number of and trend over time in green jobs, (2) the industrial, occupational, and geographic distribution of the jobs, and (3) the wages of the workers in these jobs.
The resulting information will be useful for evaluating policy initiatives and the labor market impact of economic activity related to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. BLS activities also will be useful to State labor market information offices in their efforts to meet the information needs of policymakers, businesses, and job seekers.
BLS has developed a Green Jobs definition with two components. Separate data collection activities are currently under development for each component.
For the first component, a Green Goods and Services survey and an expanded Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey are under development, with data collection planned for early 2011 and annually thereafter.The Green Goods and Services survey will result in data on the number of jobs related to production of green goods and services, total and by industry and by ownership (public and private), for the Nation, States, and the District of Columbia. The expanded OES collection will result in estimates of employment and wages by detailed 2010 SOC occupation for the same scope of industries, ownerships, and geography. Data publication is planned for the spring of 2012 and annually thereafter.
For the second component, a special employer Green Process Survey is being developed, with data collection planned to begin in summer 2011. The special employer survey will result in data on the number of wage and salary jobs related to use of environmentally friendly production processes. Data will be employment and wages by detailed 2010 SOC occupation, for the Nation and by Census region. Data publication is planned for summer 2012.
For more information on the BLS Green Jobs Initiative, visit http://www.bls.gov/green/ .