Regional study to tally green jobs, how to increase number

November 19, 2009

The federal government is underwriting a $4 million study of how many "green" jobs there are in Maryland, Virginia and Washington and how to increase them, labor officials announced Wednesday. The Mid-Atlantic regional study is the largest among nearly $55 million in grants awarded nationwide by the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds will pay for job training and information to help workers find jobs in so-called "green" industries or related occupations. The O'Malley administration has set a goal of creating 30,000 new green jobs in Maryland by 2012, but estimates of how many such jobs there are now vary widely, from nearly 11,000 to 35,000, said Andy Moser, assistant secretary in the state's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The federal grant will help state officials get a handle on how many jobs there are now in such "green" industries as recycling and alternative energy, he explained, so the growth can be tracked. A $97,000 federal grant also went to Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, the U.S. Labor Department announced, to expand job training in Baltimore on energy-efficient construction and building retrofit techniques, as well as demolition.

-Timothy B. Wheeler

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