Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

Energy Economics Weekly Briefings, by UMEI Senior Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, feature an economist's look at the national transportation, energy, economic, and environmental landscape.
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This week's takeaways: 

Alternative Energy Spurs Fastest Growing Occupations

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their annual outlook of employment growth by occupation for the 2016—2026 time period.
  • Alternative energy jobs in solar and wind are at the top of the list for gains during this period.
  • The list also reads like a “who’s who” for future mobility.
  • Michigan will play an important role in America’s energy future with growth in renewables, electrified, connected, and autonomous vehicles. Job gains in these occupations should help the state to prosper in the future.

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About Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick recently completed an appointment as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. At the Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick worked on several administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, and expand manufacturing, trade and investment.  She assisted Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on global macroeconomic matters in support of her commercial diplomacy, trade, and foreign direct investment initiatives. Hughes-Cromwick also supported the development of the Obama Administration’s economic forecast.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company and an Adjunct Professor at U-M’s Ross School of Business. She led Ford’s global corporate economics group with major responsibility for the Company's global economic, financial, and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.