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Worldwide employment in the renewable energy industry exceeded 10 million for the first time at the end of last year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, with more than 500,000 jobs created in 2017. China, Brazil, the US, India, Germany and Japan account for 70% of all jobs in the sector, with 80% located in Asia and 43% in China alone. Employment growth was particularly strong last year in the solar power sector at 9.4%, taking the total to 3.4 million.