Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2022 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), a comprehensive study designed to track and understand employment trends across the energy sector and within key energy technologies. The report covers 2021, an unprecedented and unpredictable year for American families and businesses as the country began its slow recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite economic uncertainty, however, the USEER analysis shows the energy sector experienced positive job growth, increasing 4.0% from 2020 to 2021, outpacing overall U.S. employment, which climbed 2.8% in the same period. Overall, the total number of energy jobs increased, from 7.5 million in 2020 to more than 7.8 million in 2021, after a steep decline in 2020.There are more than 3 million jobs, 40% of total energy jobs, that support reducing U.S. emissions to zero across several sectors-underscoring the pathway to success in reaching President Biden's goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. President Biden's leadership, vision, and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help grow clean energy jobs at a remarkable pace, delivering good-paying opportunities to America's workers in communities across the country.
"Amidst the unique challenges of a nation coming out of a global pandemic, America's energy sector stands out with considerable job growth across nearly all industries," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. "DOE's USEER report shows that jobs critical to our clean energy transition are on the rise and poised for continued expansion thanks to the historic investments from the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law."
The 2022 USEER, originally launched in 2016, covers five major energy industries: electric power generation; motor vehicles; energy efficiency; transmission, distribution, and storage; and fuels. The findings show that all industries, except for fuels, experienced net-positive job growth in 2021. Continue reading on the BPA eJournal