MARC Green Works Report: Maryland Leads Capital Region in Per Capita Green Employment
Over 235,500 green jobs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
contribute nearly $35 billion to Gross Regional Product
BALTIMORE, MD (July 5, 2011) – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (MARC) launched today the MARC Green Works Job Portal, the nation’s first multi-state, real-time green jobs identification and collection mechanism with a geographic interface. MARC also released its Green Data for a Growing Green Economy report, the most complete analysis of green jobs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The portal is an important tool for Maryland and will provide new resources to help the state reach Governor Martin O’Malley’s goal of creating 100,000 green jobs in Maryland.
The portal provides free job search and recruitment tools for jobseekers and employers across the MARC region. Unlike conventional job boards, the MARC Green Works Job Portal generates updated green job postings every 24 hours to ensure the quality of postings provided. Through the use of “web spidering” for jobs based on keywords, the portal delivers postings from each jurisdiction’s online labor exchange as well as public and private job boards and company websites. Job seeker services include job postings, job market trends, career information and job market exploration tools, including area, occupation and industry profiles and labor market facts. The portal also provides resume search tools for employers.
“The New Economy will be led by the Green Economy. Maryland and our regional partners have provided a national model to embrace green technologies and invest in sustainable skills,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. “The MARC Green Works Jobs Portal will help Maryland and the MARC region build on the strengths of our shared workforce and resilient regional economy. I am proud that Governor O’Malley has set ambitious goals to be a leader in the sustainable economy and that the Maryland Department of Labor is leading this important regional partnership that will help us reach those goals.”
According to the report, which utilized the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages database to survey 35,000 regional employers, the MARC region (MD, VA, DC) has approximately 235,600 workers engaged in the production or provision of green products or services who are employed by more than 29,300 establishments. The green economy contributes as much as $13.2 billion in direct employment costs and nearly $35 billion to the MARC Gross Regional Product through direct, indirect and induced values.
“Recognized nationally for its best practices by the U.S. Department of Labor, the MARC Green Consortium project shows the ease in which the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia can work together to improve our region's workforce,” said Maryland Workforce Corporation President/CEO Andy Moser . “From our perspective, this is the future of workforce development – projects that ignore political and geographic boundaries to give jobseekers, employers, and decision-makers the tools they need to be successful.”
The region’s population of green workers represents approximately 3 to 4 percent of the total regional jobs. The number of green jobs in each jurisdiction, however, varies significantly. The District of Columbia has almost 11,700 green jobs (2 percent of its total workforce), Maryland has roughly 111,600 green jobs (4.8 percent of the state’s total workforce) and Virginia has more than 112,300 green jobs (3.4 percent of the state’s total workforce).
From the survey, energy efficiency and energy conservation recorded the greatest number of green jobs in the region. Although green jobs were found across the region in more than 300 industries, the largest concentration (over 50 percent) of green jobs was found in fields related to construction, technical services and the education/policy sector:
Hiring projections indicate that green activities in construction; professional, scientific, technical services and support; and waste management services can expect to see growth.
While 75 percent of the region’s green employers offered on-the-job training (OJT) to prepare workers for jobs, many employers utilized additional training methods. For example, Maryland-based green employers were more likely than other jurisdictions to offer in-house classroom training and trade apprenticeship programs. Virginia-based green employers were more likely to offer online training programs. DC-based green employers were found to be more likely to hire workers with prerequisite skills.
Employers in all three jurisdictions expressed difficulty in finding and hiring experienced green workers – especially for positions that require a four-year degree. Employers in Maryland and Virginia reported the largest worker shortages in business and financial operations and computer and mathematical occupations. District of Columbia employers reported gaps in lifesciences, architecture, engineering and business and financial operations, among others.
In 2009, MARC received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to conduct innovative labor market information (LMI) activities to support the strategic expansion of a regional green economy. The grant was awarded to the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR) on behalf of all three jurisdictions and formalized partnerships between DLLR, the DC Department of Employment Services (DES), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), ICF International, Mangum Economic Consulting, Geographic Solutions, the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, the College of William and Mary and the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore. The grant was administered by the Maryland Workforce Corporation.
The entire Green Data for a Growing Green Economy research report (Labor Market Research of Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; Green Jobs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; The Economic Impact of Green Activity in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; Green Job Gap Analysis in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; and Green Jobs-Related Educational and Training Providers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) can be found on the MARC Green Works Jobs Portal.
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