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.