Governing.com posted a “clean jobs” database based on a study by the Brookings Institute and the Batelle Technology Partnership. The Olympia metropolitan statistical area possesses 6,807 clean jobs, well above Spokane’s 3,935, Bellingham’s 2,119 and Bremerton’s 949. Seattle-Tacoma tallied 31,340, compared to Portland-Vancouver’s 27,489.
So what, per chance, is a clean job? You can get all of the details in the actual report, “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.” But the largest number of clean jobs in the greater-Olympia area involve conservation (4,073), regulation and compliance (1,017) and sustainable forestry products (587).
I suspect a goodly number of Olympia’s “clean jobs” involve state government. I wonder how McKenna’s call for 5-10 percent staff cuts in the next biennium could impact these figures.