When air conditioning jobs fall by 50% or more
Air conditioning jobs in the US are falling by 50%, according to a new study from the National Air Resources Board.
The study, released Wednesday, showed that in May 2017 there were 7,738,000 air conditioning positions, down from 8,051,000 jobs in May 2016.
A majority of these jobs were in areas that were in the south and central part of the country.
The number of jobs in those regions dropped by 4.4% and by 4%, respectively, in the same period.
Air conditioning is a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign, and there is no clear sign that President Donald Trump’s proposed energy plan is going to have a major impact on air conditioning employment.
Trump has promised to scrap the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which he says would put a damper on climate change.
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy, however, said the plan would save the US billions of dollars by reducing carbon emissions.
In addition to the national figures, the report also found that the number of people employed in air conditioning rose by 3,000 in the month of May.
The number of air conditioning workers nationwide was down 0.4 percentage points from May, but this figure is actually down slightly from a 3.4 point increase in the previous month.
The numbers are still far lower than those that have been recorded in the United Kingdom, which had 6.7 million air conditioning and air conditioning service jobs in June.