Over 27,000 green jobs lost during May: The global clean energy industry has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic with more than 27,000 people losing their jobs during May.

That’s according to BW Research for E2, E4TheFuture and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) unemployment data, which suggests since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, 620,500 clean energy workers have lost their job.

It notes this is more than double the number of clean energy jobs created since 2017 in numbers of jobs lost.

Clean energy had been one of the US fastest-growing employment sectors, before March, growing 10.4% since 2015 and by the end of 2019, to almost three and a half million jobs.

Employing nearly three times as many people as the fossil fuel industry, this figure made clean energy by far the biggest employer of workers in all energy occupation.

Energy efficiency lost more jobs than any other clean energy sector according to the analysis, for the third consecutive month in May, shedding about 18,900 jobs.

Executive Director Bob Keefe, at E2 said: “There remains huge uncertainty and volatility ahead. It will be very tough for clean energy to make up these continuing job losses without support from Congress. Lawmakers must act now.”

President and CEO of ACORE, Gregory Wetstone commented: “With commonsense measures like temporary refundability and a delay in the phasedown of renewable energy tax credits, Congress can help restore these good-paying jobs so the renewable sector can continue to provide the affordable, pollution-free power American consumers and businesses want and deserve.”

Over 27,000 green jobs lost during May

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