Solar Jobs Census: U.S. solar workforce loses 8,000 jobs in 2018 due to tariffs and state policy changes

The U.S. solar industry employs 242,343 workers as of 2018, a decline of nearly 8,000 jobs (3.2%) compared to 2017, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 released today by The Solar Foundation.

This marks the second year in a row that solar jobs have declined after seven years of steady growth. At the same time, solar jobs increased in 29 states in 2018, including in many states with emerging solar markets.

States with the highest employment gains include Florida, Illinois, Texas and New York. Other states that saw job growth include Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia and Tennessee. The full report and a complete list of solar jobs by state is available at

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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs