The COVID-19 pandemic has spared few sectors of the U.S. economy. Certainly not spared have been those working in clean energy. And though close to 17,000 clean-energy jobs were added across the country in December, the jobs picture is grim since the pandemic began ten months ago: 429,300 U.S. clean-energy workers are out of a job since then, a 12% decline over pre-pandemic employment levels, according to a new report.
Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia are still suffering double-digit unemployment in clean energy, with 12 states experiencing unemployment of 15% or more. New Jersey is included in that latter group, having lost 8,886 jobs, a 15.5% decline. Georgia has the highest rate of loss (more than 30%), followed by Kentucky (over 27%).