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IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

20 Jun 11:00 by Green Energy

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The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year.

The report, titled “Renewable Energy and Jobs—Annual Review 2016,” determined the total number of renewable energy jobs increased in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell. In the U.S., renewable energy jobs increased 6 percent, while employment in oil and gas decreased 18 percent. In China, renewable energy employed 3.5 million people, while oil and gas employed only 2.6 million.