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State Ends Year Optimistic About “Green Job” Growth.

January 4, 2011

A new state report projects the number of “green” jobs in Hawaii increasing 26 percent by 2012.

AP–The report by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations defines green jobs as including those in the renewable energy industry; that reduce pollution and waste, and conserve natural resources; and that are focused on energy efficiency.

The study says there are more than 11,100 such jobs currently in the state, mostly in the construction, professional services and waste management industries.

It says in 2012, the number of such jobs will rise to about 14,000, or almost 3 percent of the islands’ total employment.

The report was financed by a $1.2 million competitive grant Hawaii won from the federal economic stimulus law.

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