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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)

A sophisticated, computer-based mapping and information-gathering system that includes three components:
a graphics program that draws maps; external databases which are linked to the maps; and tools that graphically interpret data using color or shading on the maps.


Goods-producing industries

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


Green job

A green job promotes environmental protection and clean energy. A green job can contain several positions by core area, with a weighted estimate of each individual worker engaged in one or more green activity.


Green occupations

Occupational titles based on the federal Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. These can be broken out by either green jobs or green positions.


Green positions

The estimated number of individuals engaged in a given job may be engaged in one or more core area activity. This number is different from the estimate of green jobs since a given green job may be engaged in one or more core area activities.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

The total value of all goods and services produced by the U.S. economy. The GDP is compiled quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Current Employment Statistics (CES) employment and earnings data are used for advanced GDP estimates. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data are used for the final GDP estimates. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) definition by state: “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.


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