Green Jobs Go 0-for-4

The Administration’s green jobs initiatives appear to be the Detroit Tigers of the policy world—they are 0-for-4 in the major reports on their success.

In the past year, there have been four reports on green jobs by the Department of Labor: two from the department’s inspector general’s office and two from the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

On September 30, 2011, the department’s inspector general issued a report titled, “Recovery Act: Slow Pace Placing Workers into Jobs Jeopardizes Employment Goals of the Green Jobs Program.” The title probably says enough, but here are a few points from the report:

  • Nearly three-fourths of the way through, only 61 percent of the target level of participants had even been signed up for training;
  • Job placement was only 10 percent of the target level; and
  • Participants who retained employment for at least six months met only 2 percent of the target level.

Read more at The Foundry. By David Kreutzer.

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