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January 2013

The Green Goods and Services Occupational survey: initial results

Zack Warren

A new BLS survey provides data on occupations and wages in green establishments; a wage gap between green and nongreen establishments is traced to the occupational mix. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, the Bureau) published data on the green economy from three new data collection efforts. The results that follow come from one of these efforts: the Green Goods and Services Occupational survey (also known as the GGS-OCC survey), whose data were first released in September 2012. Integrating green revenue data from one BLS survey—the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey—with occupational staffing patterns from another BLS survey—the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey—the GGS-OCC survey provides information on occupational employment and earnings in GGS industries. After giving some background on the GGS-OCC methodology, this article presents a number of high-level findings on occupational employment and wages in establishments providing green goods or services. The article concludes by demonstrating how wages in green establishments are largely a result of the industrial and occupational composition of those establishments.

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