Wind Officially Employs More than Coal Industry

Wind Officially Employs More than Coal Industry

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wind-turbines-spinning-nrel-credit.jpgIn some promising “green jobs” news, the wind industry in the U.S. has now officially surpassed the coal mining industry in the number of people it employs. Wind industry jobs increased to 85,000 in 2008 while the coal industry remained the same at about 81,000 jobs.

The country made huge gains in wind energy in the past couple of years and that increase obviously created huge gains in employment as well. Last year, there was a 50 percent increase in installed wind capacity and a 70 percent increase in wind industry jobs over the year before. Off those jobs, 13,000 were in regions of the country that had seen a loss of manufacturing jobs in recent years. (Read more in Yahoo/EcoGeek)

(Original source Jan. 29 Green Wombat blog at CNN/Fortune)