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Glossary of terms

This glossary defines terms related to the economy and the job market.
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Computer-based tools that can be used to store, analyze and display information that relates to positions on the earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map, allowing users to visualize, analyze and understand geographic patterns and relationships of data.

Goods-producing industries

Industries that produce tangible products. Under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), goods-producing sectors include manufacturing, construction, natural resources and mining, among other industries.

Green job

A green job promotes environmental protection and clean energy.

Green occupations

Occupational employment and wage estimates for jobs based on the percent of revenue the establishment receives from green goods and services.

Green positions

The estimated number of individuals engaged in producing green goods or services or making their workplace production processes more environmentally friendly.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

The value of final output for all goods and services produced by the U.S. economy. The GDP is compiled quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) definition for states is: “The GDP by state is the value added in production by the labor and capital located in a state. The GDP for a state is derived as the sum of the GDP originating in all industries in the state.