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July 14, 2011

New Jersey ranks eighth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of overall size of its clean economy, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, a public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

The study defines the "clean" or "green" economy as the sector that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit. New Jersey has 94,241 clean jobs, says the report, making up about 2.4 percent of all jobs in the state. This ranked New Jersey twelfth in terms of clean "intensity." Brookings says the sector has grown 4.7 percent annually.

New Jersey's largest number of green jobs, according to the report, are in public mass transit, waste management and treatment, compliance, consumer products and recycling.

California ranked first in the Brookings study, with New York ranking second and Pennsylvania ranking fourth.

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