Midwest lost 8.9% of clean energy jobs in 2020, but there’s hope for a rebound

By John Engel After years of rapid growth, clean energy jobs in the Midwestern United States fell by 8.9% — or approximately 66,000 — by the end of 2020, according to a new report by the nonpartisan business group E2 and Clean Energy Trust.

While at one point in the year as many as 131,600 Midwesterners working in clean energy had filed for unemployment benefits, the sector’s rebound of 10.7% by the end of the year surpassed the national rate of overall employment recovery — an optimistic signal to the authors.

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