Missouri is projected to have the highest growth rate in clean-energy jobs this year among a dozen Midwestern states, according to a report released Thursday.
The “Clean Jobs Midwest” report estimates that Missouri had 52,479 of the region’s 568,979 clean-energy jobs in 2015, including renewable energy generation, conservation and efficiency efforts. The state’s clean-energy job total is expected to grow 8.3 percent this year, the report estimates.
The report made its estimates by analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics data and results from a survey of businesses across the 12 states.
The report also found that more than 7 in 10 Missouri jobs are focused in energy efficiency, and the state also has jobs involving vehicles powered by natural gas and in energy storage and smart grid technology. St. Louis leads the state with 24,000 clean-energy jobs; Kansas City, Mo. has 8,300.
The full report can be found at cleanjobsmidwest.com.
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