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Over the last decade, green jobs in the US have experienced red-hot growth, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts. The Clean Energy Economy report found green jobs grew at a pace nearly two-and-a-half times greater than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, though they remain a tiny part of overall jobs. Pew classifies green jobs as those involved in expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving n
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts ; Note: Pew Charitable Trusts' green job and green business count is based on 2007 data.

Over the last decade, green jobs in the US have experienced red-hot growth, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Clean Energy Economy report found green jobs grew at a pace nearly two-and-a-half times greater than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, though they remain a tiny part of overall jobs.

Pew classifies green jobs as those involved in expanding clean energy production, increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and conserving natural resources.

Click ahead to see which states have the highest percentage of green jobs, the most explosive green-job growth and the highest number of green businesses.

By Brooke Sopelsa
Posted 29 June 2009

10. Ohio

Green Jobs %: 0.56%Green Jobs Total: 35,267Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.85%Green Businesses: 2,513Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $74MPhoto: A solar panel developed and manufactured by Xunlight, of Toledo, Ohio.
Photo: Xunlight

Green Jobs: 35,267
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.56%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.85%

Green Businesses: 2,513
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $74M

Photo: A solar panel developed and manufactured by Xunlight, of Toledo, Ohio.

9. Pennsylvania

Green Jobs %: 0.59%Green Jobs Total: 38,763Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:-0.48% Green Businesses: 2,934Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $233M
Photo: Andrew Bossi

Green Jobs: 38,763
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.59%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:-0.48%

Green Businesses: 2,934
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $233M

8. Vermont

Green Jobs %: 0.59%Green Jobs Total: 2,161Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:1.69% Green Businesses: 311Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $54MPhoto: A customer using a credit card managed by Brighter Planet, of Middlebury, Vt., which manages credit cards that fund renewable energy projects with each purchase.
Photo: Brighter Planet

Green Jobs: 2,161
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.59%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:1.69%

Green Businesses: 311
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $54M

Photo: A customer using a credit card managed by Brighter Planet, of Middlebury, Vt., which manages credit cards that fund renewable energy projects with each purchase.

7. Idaho

Green Jobs %: 0.63%Green Jobs Total: 4,517Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:10.11% Green Businesses: 428Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $28MPhoto: A geothermal power generation facility designed and managed by US Geothermal, of Boise, Idaho.
Photo: US Geothermal

Green Jobs: 4,517
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.63%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:10.11%

Green Businesses: 428
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $28M

Photo: A geothermal power generation facility designed and managed by US Geothermal, of Boise, Idaho.

6. Colorado

Green Jobs %: 0.64%Green Jobs Total: 17,0008Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 1.98%Green Businesses: 1,778Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $622MPhoto: A production facility at Fiberforge, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., which designs and produces advanced composite materials used in lightweight and energy-efficient vehicles.
Photo: Fiberforge

Green Jobs: 17,008
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.64%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 1.98%

Green Businesses: 1,778
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $622M

Photo: A production facility at Fiberforge, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., which designs and produces advanced composite materials used in lightweight and energy-efficient vehicles.

5. Minnesota

Green Jobs %: 0.64%Green Jobs Total: 19,994Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 1.38%Green Businesses: 1,206Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $50MPhoto: A wind farm development consultant working at WindLogics, in Saint Paul, Minn.
Photo: WindLogics

Green Jobs: 19,994
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.64%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 1.38%

Green Businesses: 1,206
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $50M

Photo: A wind farm development consultant working at WindLogics, in Saint Paul, Minn.

4. Massachusetts

Green Jobs %: 0.69%Green Jobs Total: 26,678Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.52%Green Businesses: 1,912Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $1.28BPhoto: Batteries by A123, of Watertown, Mass., which develops and manufactures a range of batteries for electric utilities, transportation and portable electronics.
Photo: A123

Green Jobs: 26,678
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.69%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.52%

Green Businesses: 1,912
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $1.28B

Photo: Batteries by A123, of Watertown, Mass., which develops and manufactures a range of batteries for electric utilities, transportation and portable electronics.

3. California

Green Jobs %: 0.71% Green Jobs Total: 125,390Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.88%Green Businesses: 10,209Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $6.58BPhoto: An LED light designed and manufactured by Bridgelux, of Sunnyvale, Calif.
Photo: Bridgelux

Green Jobs: 125,390
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.71%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 0.88%

Green Businesses: 10,209
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $6.58B

Photo: An LED light designed and manufactured by Bridgelux, of Sunnyvale, Calif.

2. Maine

Green Jobs %: 0.85%Green Jobs Total: 6,000Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 2.34%Green Businesses: 725Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $0 Photo: A Maine home using solar panels designed and installed by Talmage Solar Engineering, of Kennebunkport, Maine.
Photo: Talmage Solar Engineering

Green Jobs: 6,000
Percentage of Total Jobs: 0.85%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 2.34%

Green Businesses: 725
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $0

Photo: A Maine home using solar panels designed and installed by Talmage Solar Engineering, of Kennebunkport, Maine.

1. Oregon

Green Jobs %: 1.02% Green Jobs Total: 19,340Avg. Annual Green Job Growth:4.77%Green Businesses: 1,613Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $70MPhoto: A wind turbine designed and constructed by Abundant Renewable Energy, of Newberg, Ore.
Photo: Abundantre.com

Green Jobs: 19,340
Percentage of Total Jobs: 1.02%
Avg. Annual Green Job Growth: 4.77%

Green Businesses: 1,613
Venture Capital Funds ('06-'08): $70M

Photo: A wind turbine designed and constructed by Abundant Renewable Energy, of Newberg, Ore.

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