The Occupational Employment and Wages in Green Goods and Services (GGS-OCC) program provides occupational employment and wage information for businesses that produce green goods and services. The GGS-OCC data are based on a sample of approximately 93,200 business establishments classified in 333 industries in which green goods or services are potentially produced. The GGS-OCC estimates combine data from the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey with data collected by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey to produce occupational employment and wage estimates for three groups of establishments: those that receive none of their revenue from green goods and services, those that receive all of their revenue from green goods and services, and those with a mix of green and nongreen revenue.
The GGS-OCC estimates are based on data for 333 of the nearly 1,200 detailed (6-digit) 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries. BLS identified these 333 industries as those in which businesses potentially produced green goods or provided green services as their primary activity, based on the definition of green goods and services below. The GGS-OCC scope contains 20 percent of employment covered by state or federal unemployment insurance, or about 19 percent of total U.S. employment. A list of GGS-OCC in-scope industries is available in PDF or XLS format. The GGS-OCC estimates have a reference date of November 2011.
According to the BLS green jobs definition, green jobs are either:
The GGS-OCC data, like the GGS survey, are based on the output approach to measuring green jobs. For more information on the differences between the GGS-OCC and GGS data, see the GGS-OCC frequently asked questions. A separate survey called Green Technologies and Practices (GTP) is based on the BLS process approach to measuring green jobs.
The BLS definition of green goods and services includes jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or preserve natural resources. These goods and services are sold to customers, and include research and development, installation, and maintenance services. Green goods and services fall into one or more of the following five categories:
The GGS-OCC data consist of employment, mean wage, and median wage estimates by occupation, presented for three groups of establishments: those with none, all, or some, but not all, of their revenue from green goods and services. Estimates are available at the national level for NAICS industry sectors and for all industries combined. These data represent all employment at establishments in a given revenue category. The GGS-OCC data do not specifically identify jobs directly associated with production of green goods and provision of green services, or provide counts of “green jobs” by occupation.
For more detailed information on the GGS-OCC methodology, please refer to the GGS-OCC technical note (HTML) (PDF).
Last Modified Date: October 3, 2012