At the beginning of 2020, North Carolina’s clean energy workforce had grown to almost 113,000 workers, nearly 2.5 percent of overall state employment. Now, thanks to COVID-19, the picture is nowhere near as positive.
According to figures released recently by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, 21,200 clean tech energy workers still remain unemployed — nearly 19 percent of the state’s clean energy workforce.
That statistic mirrors a national trend with more than 511,000 clean energy workers across all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, remaining out of work since March.
WRAL TechWire has more on the impact here.