The Solar Foundation released its seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census 2016, which found that solar industry employment outpaced the overall US economy by 17 times as it increased by over 51,000 jobs, for a total of 260,077 US solar workers. The solar workforce – which grew across all sectors – increased by 25% over 2015, the largest annual growth percentage since the first National Solar Jobs Census in 2010. Census 2016 also found that the percentage of women, African American, and Latino/Hispanic workers increased from 2015.
Census 2016 also includes state jobs data and shows an increase in 44 of the 50 states. The state with the highest total number of solar jobs in 2016 was California, followed by Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida. The Census includes a complete list of the number of solar jobs by state, along with state growth rates over 2015.