Oregon No. 5 for green jobs in new analysis

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Oregon ranks fifth for its green jobs per capita. Click through to see other highlights from the

Oregon ranks fifth for its green jobs per capita. Click through to see other highlights from the "Counting up Green" report on green jobs data. 

In the latest slicing and dicing of green jobs data, Oregon comes up with a No. 5 ranking for states with the greenest workforce.

But in its report, "Counting up to Green," the Economic Policy Institute also dug into the data to determine which sectors are going green the fastest and what those trends might tell us.

Using data released in March from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic Policy Institute researcher Ethan Pollack found some interesting data points about the greenest industries. For starters, they are growing faster than their non-green counterparts and they have more to offer less educated workers.

Highlights from the report (infographics) >>

"The debate over green jobs has gotten politicized and polarized," Pollack said. "We wanted to try get away from that and see what the data says."

According to the BLS definition, green jobs are either jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or ensuring that they use fewer natural resources.

Oregon has 54,953 such jobs, placing it at No. 5 in the U.S. for having a green-intensive per-capita workforce. Vermont was ranked No. 1, followed by Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington.

"Oregon ranks highly but if you just look at the industry mix, that would suggest that it would be less green than the national average," Pollack said. "The reason why has everything to do with its industries within the state are actually greener than their national counterparts."

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