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Wind energy beat iPod in U.S. job creation

dcblogs (1096431) writes | about a year and a half ago


dcblogs (1096431) writes "Electronics manufacturing jobs are mostly overseas, which helps to keep one million workers at China's Foxconn plants busy. In contrast, the majority of wind energy jobs are in the U.S., say researchers in a study by the Personal Computing Industry Center (PCIC), an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Center. The PCIC researchers applied a methodology similar to what they used in an earlier study to measure the job impact of the iPod. This working paper by PCIC found that the wind industry creates a larger share of total employment in the U.S. than the iPod did in 2006, 74% versus 34%. But as many as half of the wind energy jobs may disappear if a tax credit is allowed to expire at year-end, say the PCIC paper and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The PCIC paper estimates that wind energy has created as many as 27,000 direct jobs in the U.S., and 9,250 jobs overseas. AWEA estimates that the industry has provided 75,000 jobs in the U.S. The tax credit runs for 10 years, and provides 2.2 cents credit for every kWh produced. In a report this year, the National Science Foundation reported that high-tech manufacturing employment has declined by 28% since 2000, or about 687,000 jobs."
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