Green Goods and Services

Green Goods and Services (GGS)

The GGS program is a survey-based program, covering 120,000 business establishments, which provides a measure of national and State employment in industries that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment.

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The Green Goods and Services (GGS) Survey is an annual survey that has been developed to address the need for data on the size and scope of the United States' green economy.

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Green Goods and Services

March 19, 2013

In 2011, there were 3.4 million Green Goods and Services (GGS) jobs, accounting for 2.6 percent of total US employment. More...
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NOTE: The series ID's and periodicity code have been changed from the original GGS data release. Due to the rolling four quarter average QCEW data ending in quarter four, the original periodicity was displayed as quarter four rather than annual data. Since the GGS survey is an annual survey, the ‘Q’ in the periodicity code has been changed to an ‘A’ and is now correctly displayed as annual data in the series ID.

GGS Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Green Goods and Services Survey?
  2. What is the GGS Survey definition of green goods and services?
  3. What North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) codes are considered green according to the BLS GGS definition?
  4. How is GGS employment measured?
  5. Why is BLS using the share of revenue to estimate green employment?
  6. Where does GGS get an establishment's employment data?
  7. Does the GGS survey sample include small firms?
  8. Are self-employed workers included in the BLS count of green jobs?
  9. Will BLS miss jobs related to green goods and services produced by establishments classified in NAICS that are not on the industry list?
  10. In some industries, green employment is small. How did BLS ensure it captured the green employment in those industries?
  11. Does the GGS survey capture all green jobs?
  12. What data does the GGS survey produce?
  13. How does BLS determine if a good is green or not?
  14. What is the difference between the Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) survey and the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey? Can I compare or combine data from the two surveys?

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STAFF MEMBERS OF THE GREEN GOODS AND SERVICES PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.

Telephone: (202) 691-5200

If you have specific GGS data question, please contact us via e-mail.

Written inquiries should be directed to:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Information and Marketing Services
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. Room 2850
Washington, D.C. 20212–0001

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