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New report finds more than three million green jobs in America

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A new report from the Labor Department says that America boasts 3.1 million green jobs, accounting for 2.4 percent of the country’s workforce. This is the first time the department’s Bureau of Statistics has measured eco-friendly jobs, and environmental groups are applauding the effort.

"Critics and politically driven naysayers have been trying to convince us that clean energy and green economy jobs are a hoax," said Bob Keefe, spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council to the San Francisco Chronicle. He predicts those numbers will increase to grow "as long as we don't let entrenched interests stop it."

While California has the most of those jobs at 338,000, Vermont comes in with the highest percentage of them at 4.4 percent. These numbers are the result of the first part of the report covering “output based” jobs, like producing goods. Another report tallying “process based” green jobs, like recycling, is still to come.