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DOE Releases 2016 Jobs Data for Download

June 30, 2017

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Today EPSA is announcing the public release of the data contained in the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report in a downloadable format at the national and state levels. The release includes employment figures in the electric power generation and fuels; transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency; and motor vehicles sectors; and state jobs and demographic data spreadsheets. EPSA is also preparing the jobs data at the county level for release later this year.

The data is from the DOE’s energy and employment report released in January 2017, which gives the most detailed count of jobs and demographics in the energy sector. The report highlights the 6.4 million* Americans employed in the energy economy. Understanding energy jobs data helps improve training and workforce development opportunities across the country.

The U.S. Energy and Employment Report reveals that about half of the workers in the electric power generation and fuels sector—which exceed 1.9 million* jobs in total—work in coal, oil, and natural gas. Over two million* people are employed in the design and construction of efficiency products and services. The data also indicate that workforce retirements remain a pressing challenge and a lack of training and skills impede the hiring of new employees, especially in the transforming electricity system.

The spreadsheets and the survey instrument are available here:  

The complete report and the state reports are available here:

*The USEER methodology includes “[e]mployees of a qualifying firm that spend some portion of their time supporting the qualifying energy, energy-efficiency, or motor vehicle portion of the business.” This includes employees that spent less than 50% of their time on the relevant portion of the business. For example, in 2016, the solar industry employed 373,807 workers that spent any of their time on solar-related work, compared to 260,077 workers that spend more than 50% of their time on solar-related work.