WASHINGTON — While Ohio wrangles with grim statistics — the 10.4 percent unemployment rate, the 89 cents left in the state’s rainy day fund — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, took a break a few weeks back to send out a press release touting a more positive number: Four.
That’s where Ohio ranked among all other states in clean energy jobs in 2007, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Only California, Pennsylvania and Minnesota had more.
Don’t get too excited: That statistic represented 3,653 jobs, compared to California’s 27,672 clean energy jobs.
Still, Brown and others say the growth in so-called “green collar” jobs is a much-needed bright spot in an otherwise dismal state economy.
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