Energy groups tout high percentages of veterans working in their industries

Washington Examiner | 11/11/2017 | John Siciliano
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Energy groups are using Veterans Day to point out the large number of veterans that work in their industries, especially in the renewable fuel and clean energy sectors.

Veterans comprise about one in 10 workers across all energy sectors, higher than the national average of 7 percent, according to the Energy Department.

Ethanol - Industry - Percentage - Veterans - Segment

The ethanol industry was quick to point out the large percentage of veterans who work in their segment of the fuel supply chain.

“Millions of Americans will pay their respects to those who have served our country in uniform and defended our freedom,” said the Renewable Fuels Association, representing the ethanol industry. “What most Americans may not know, however, is that thousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry after leaving military service.”

Energy - Department - Report - Year - Industry

An Energy Department report released this year backs up the industry's claims. The report showed that 18.9 percent of corn ethanol workers are veterans.

It's one of the highest percentages of veterans employed by any subset of the renewable energy or fuel refining industries.

Comparison - Vets - Percent - Oil - Gas

“By comparison, vets account for 10 percent of the oil and gas industry workforce, and just 7 percent of the entire U.S. labor force across all sectors of the economy,” according to the industry group.

Altogether, corn ethanol employs about 3 percent of the nation’s liquid-fuels manufacturing workforce, accounting for 28,613 jobs, according to the Energy Department.

Comparison - Petroleum - Sector - Employees - Percent

By comparison, the petroleum sector supports about 502,000 employees, with 9.6 percent of them veterans. While that is a smaller percentage...
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