Study: Okla. clean energy jobs rise by 6.8 percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new study indicates that the number of so-called clean energy jobs in Oklahoma rose by 6.8 percent between 1998 and 2007.

The study released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts is being touted as the first-ever hard count of such jobs in all 50 states.

According to the study, overall jobs in Oklahoma grew by 2.4 percent during the same period. Nationally, the study indicated the clean energy economy grew by 9.1 percent while total jobs grew by 3.7 percent.

The study showed about 5,500 clean energy jobs in Oklahoma in 2007 and that clean technology venture capital investment in Oklahoma during the past three years totaled more than $5 million.

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