U.S. solar employment declined 3.8%, from 260,077 in 2016 to 250,271 in 2017

The Solar Foundation updated its map displaying a census on the number of solar jobs per state in the United States. This interactive map includes data for every metropolitan area, county, and congressional district, revealing the geographic distribution of America’s 250,271 solar jobs.

This census found that solar employment declined 3.8 percent, from 260,077 jobs in 2016 to 250,271 in 2017.

The updated map provides details on jobs by solar employment sector; solar workforce demographics; solar industry background; and much more, in all 50 states. Users can toggle between 2015, 2016, and 2017 data to see the number of solar jobs year over year.

Vermont had the highest number of jobs per capita, followed by Nevada, California, Utah, and Hawaii.

As for the specific cities to find those jobs, the Solar Jobs report has those, too: The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area had the highest total number of solar jobs, at 24,474 jobs.

That’s followed by Provo-Orem, Utah (3,798 total jobs), New York-North New Jersey-Long Island, New York (12,038 jobs); and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn. (3,803 jobs).

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