US Energy and Employment Report


The US Energy & Employment Report 2017 finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all jobs created in the country.

USEER 2017, DOE's second annual energy jobs report, provides a more accurate, consistent and complete measure of direct energy employment across all sectors of the US economy. DOE had identified four major gaps in existing energy employment data: (1) business activities essential to the operation of traditional energy companies classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) within the business activities of other sectors; (2) jobs associated with the production of renewable energy such as wind, solar geothermal, etc.; (3) jobs associated with energy efficiency; and, (4) jobs associated with energy efficiency in manufacturing processes.

USEER 2017 presents data that addresses the first three gaps in energy employment measurement. The fourth gap will be addressed in a separate report on US energy and manufacturing employment.

USEER 2017 also provides a State by State analysis of energy employment data in a separate report, available for download below.