A new study says the Detroit region ranks 11th out of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan regions for clean-energy jobs.
The Clean Jobs Cities ranking comes from the nonprofit organization Environmental Entrepreneurs. It says the Detroit area employs more than 95,000 people in clean, renewable and energy-efficiency jobs.
Grand Rapids rounded out the list at number 50, with more than 18,000 clean energy jobs.
Michigan’s strong showing was led by energy efficiency jobs, positions designing and building clean vehicles and jobs classified as renewable energy. Los Angeles, New York and Chicago made up the top three markets for clean energy jobs.
The report says the top 50 metropolitan areas account for more than 58 percent of the nearly 3.2 million clean-energy jobs in the United States. The researchers say that figure vastly eclipses employment in traditional fossil fuels industries and shows the economic viability of shifting to clean energy.