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Categories: Labor markets; regional industries and economies

Overview: The Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey provides a measure of national and state employment in industries that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment. The GGS is included within the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

Form: Pre-defined tables

Unit of Analysis: Establishment

Coverage:  The GGS survey includes business and government establishments within 333 industries that are identified as potentially producing green goods or providing green services. The sampling frame, the QCEW, covers 98 percent of U.S. jobs available at the county, MSAs, State and national levels by industry. GGS fall into one or more of the following groups:

  • Production of energy from renewable sources
  • Energy efficiency
  • Pollution and greenhouse reduction or recycling and reuse
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness

Size: 120,000 establishments

Key Data Elements: Green jobs, industry shares of green jobs

Geographic Detail: State level employment estimates by 2 digit NAICS are available.

Timeframe: Began in calendar year 2010

Frequency: Annual news release with descriptive tables and quarterly web-only updates

Data Source and Collection Method:

  • The BLS QCEW provides GGS with establishment employment data. Self-employed workers are not included in the BLS count of green jobs.
  • A company’s share of revenue from green products is used to estimate a company’s “green employment.”

Access: Free

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis: Identify scope of green goods and services activity at the state level

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