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Surprise! Green Jobs Not Actually Helping Employment Figures

2:45 PM, Aug 19, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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When even the New York Times is forced to confront reality, you know things are bad:

“I won’t say I’m not frustrated,” said Van Jones, an Oakland activist who served briefly as Mr. Obama’s green-jobs czar before resigning under fire after conservative critics said he had signed a petition accusing the Bush administration of deliberately allowing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a claim Mr. Jones denies.

A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Wow, who would have thought all that hype about green jobs wouldn't pan out? (Oh right: Spain.) An alternate headline suggestion for the Times: "Former Communist and Obama Administration Official Shocked to Learn Government Programs Don't Create Jobs."

And Byron York has more on the green jobs failure at the Washington Examiner:

Some top Congressional Democrats are losing faith in President Obama's signature employment initiative, the promotion of so-called "green jobs."  They've lost so much faith that on Thursday one liberal Democratic member of Congress called the president's green jobs program "a lot of talk."

"Of course, we want to be a part of the new innovation and the green jobs," Rep. Maxine Waters said on MSNBC Thursday.  "But you know, the green jobs have been about a lot of talk and not a lot has been happening on that." A few hours later, also on MSNBC, Waters said flatly: "All of this talk about the green jobs never materialized."

Read the rest here.

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