When voters go to the polls in Florida tomorrow for the GOP Presidential primary, the economy and jobs will weigh heavily on their minds and rightfully so. The state’s unemployment rate is close to 10 percent, down from a peak 12 percent in 2010, and the state was hit hard by the housing market crash. Florida voters are looking to the GOP presidential candidates for relief and the message they should send is: It’s the (clean) economy, stupid.
Florida ranks seventh in the nation in the number of clean energy jobs. It outpaced the national growth rate for clean economy job creation and the sector saw a growth of 4.7 percent every year from 2003-2010. Over 65 percent of the clean energy jobs in Florida are good paying “green collar” jobs. The annual median wage for clean energy jobs is $4000 above the median wage for other jobs.