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How Many Workers Does the Weatherization Assistance Program Employ Now? What Jobs Will the Recovery Act Offer?
This analysis estimates the current size of the Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE W.A.P.) state and local workforce based on the conventional US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) model for the construction trades. See http://www.bea.gov/. It compares that result to information collected in recent interviews and focus groups with local weatherization providers as well as our 2002 survey of similar organizations. http://www.opportunitystudies.org/weatherization-plus/leveraged-programs/surveys/
At least 21,000 jobs were created by the 2008 program, which closes in March of 2009. More than a third were the program’s direct employees or contractors.
The AARA funding will result in 133,345 new jobs.
With all other funding, the network’s investments will probably total $6.75
Billion over two years and result in 173,350 jobs altogether.
It Takes a Model: There are no more recent field data on the Weatherization workforce size than those in our 2002 study; further, data on the total resources spent in a calendar year or program year using all funding sources including the Department of Energy funding are incomplete. BEA’s construction sector modeling assumes that every
DIRECT WEATHERIZATION JOBS (PHOTO Courtesy of PA W.A.P. Training Center) http://www.pct.edu/wdce/wtc/
$1 million spent in the construction industry, which includes home remodeling and bridge construction, generates 26.67
jobs whether direct, indirect or imputed.
Indirect jobs are those created because of expenditures for construction other than wages and benefits. In the case of Weatherization, that means the jobs of the suppliers of insulation, blower doors, infrared scanning equipment, vans, efficient appliances and heating systems, as well as conventional building materials and tools. Others employed are the experts employed to train the program’s “green collar” workforce to use these new tools and to become skilled energy auditor/inspectors.
INDIRECT JOBS(PHOTO Courtesy of Amarillo Globe)