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Induced jobs are those created because the Weatherization employees, contractors and suppliers spend the money they received.

Weatherization Job Predictions: This model predicts a $5 billion Weatherization Recovery Act program would create 133,345 new jobs. Of those, just 35% or about 46,670 are the direct jobs. Most of them require “green-collar” skills to use special equipment developed to produce a more efficient building and expertise in analyzing energy efficiency opportunities while ensuring a healthy indoor living environment.

We believe that the number of direct jobs associated with delivering the program would be higher than the BEA model predicts because Weatherizers’ wages are substantially lower than the BEA’s average assumed construction sector wage: nearly $19.00 (including employer paid benefits). Some local delivery agencies employ all their Weatherization workers; others use private contractors to perform the work and support a highly skilled agency employee to train, manage and inspect their work. Others mix contractors and crews.

We believe the average hourly wage in the local programs is currently closer to $11 dollars. In the Appendix, Table A shows the assumptions and calculations.

Weatherization’s PY 2007 Funds: Local Weatherization Agencies are non-profit and governmental organizations most of which are Community Action Agencies or CAAs. They typically manage many other services for the low-wage workers and retirees who are eligible; most work on other ways to ensure housing becomes more affordable for these vulnerable energy consumers.

Duct pressure tests

Furnace Performance

Appliance metering

Weatherization delivery is generally a small, though important, part of their total operations. Their management capacity is substantially greater than would be the case for a single purpose Weatherization agency. 1

Weatherizers have “leveraged’ substantial private partnerships with utilities; some states have also appropriated funding. Since 44 states transfer some share of their LIHEAP Block grant to be used in coordination with W.A.P. matched with DOE funds in a home, the program delivers investments funded from multiple sources as a single “package” to each home. Until passage of the ARRA, DOE funds were less than half of all Weatherization resources. This

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