Green jobs failing to materialize

Some believe that so-called Green jobs are the answer to America’s economic woes. But if recent news from Seattle is any indication, Green jobs are turning out to be a big bust. One federal grant to Seattle for $20 million for weatherization promised 2,000 living wage jobs. But more than a year later, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that only 14 new jobs came from the program, and most were administrative. When you combine that with news from Nevada that a federal stimulus grant of nearly 500 grand to grow trees in urban areas created one full time job, and a whopping 11 short-term project ones, it seems like Green jobs won’t be taking folks off the unemployment line anytime soon.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.