US solar jobs growing 10x > national average employment growth.

REW.com: “….In total there were 142,698 solar workers in the U.S. as of November 2013. A solar worker is defined as someone who devotes at least 50 percent of his or her work to solar-related activities.  This is a 20 percent increase over 2012 figures and ten times higher than the national average employment growth rate, which was 1.9 percent.”
“This is our most comprehensive [report] yet,” said Andrea Luecke, Executive Director & President of The Solar Foundation, explaining that collecting the data involved making more than 74,000 phone calls and sending out more than 11,000 emails.
….Just under 70,000 people are employed in the solar installation business, a 21 percent increase over 2012.  TSF predicts that 2014 will again add 21 percent more jobs, a number that would bring the industry solar installation total to more than 84,000 by this time next year.  CEO Lyndon Rive said that SolarCity added 2,000 “highly-distributed” jobs in 2013. Solar installation jobs are “not in any central hub,” he explained, as is the case with other industries such as  finance in NYC or high-tech in Silicon Valley. “We are in 14 states,” he said. “Growth for the next 10 years in solar is going to be very, very exciting,” Rive added. “You can’t outsource these jobs.”
….In addition, the solar industry is a great employer of U.S. armed forces veterans. TSF said that veterans make up about 9 percent of the solar workforce compared with 7.5 percent of the national economy. On the other hand, women and African Americas are underrepresented.”