MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont officials like to talk up the state’s green reputation, but when it comes to creating jobs in clean-energy industries, the state lags its neighbors.

A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that Maine has nearly three times Vermont’s 2,161 green jobs; New Hampshire has about twice as many.

Still, the number of green jobs in Vermont has been growing in recent years about twice as fast as jobs overall.

The Pew study found about 0.59 percent of Vermont jobs were in green categories, versus a national figure of 0.49 percent. About half of Vermont’s green jobs were in conservation and pollution mitigation, with just 15 percent in energy efficiency.


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