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Interactive Map: Green Recovery

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Last month, the Center for American Progress released a report by University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute economists entitled, “Green Recovery.” The report demonstrated that by making a rapid $100 billion green economic investment, the United States can create 2 million jobs in two years.

The map below shows allocations to 34 states from the green recovery program (based on the state’s population density and contribution to gross domestic product), the net job creation for these states through the program, and how much this net job creation would reduce the state’s unemployment rate (based on September 2008 unemployment figures).*


The program proposes to boost public investment (and leverage private capital through loan guarantees) in six energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies: retrofitting buildings to improve energy efficiency; expanding mass transit and freight rail; constructing “smart” electrical grid transmission systems; wind power; solar power; and next-generation biofuels.

The majority of jobs that would be created through the green economic recovery program would be in the same areas of employment people already work in today, in every region and state of the country. The program would provide a major boost to the construction and manufacturing sectors throughout the United States, through much-needed spending on green infrastructure. The table below provides a representative sample of the employment areas that will expand through the green stimulus plan.

green investments and jobs


* These state allocations are based on $100 billion in federal funds and an additional $20 billion in private capital leveraged through loan guarantees. The job creation numbers for each state also reflect these figures. Note that totals for allocations will not add up to $120 billion since only 34 states are shown, and total jobs will not equal 2 million for the same reason. All states would be included in the program.

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