The sustained renewable energy growth favors employment. According to the annual “Renewable Energy and Jobs” report, presented by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Last year, 8.1 people worked in the renewable energy sources sector, a 5% increase compared to 2014. A significant number, especially when the 1.3 million employees of large hydropower plants are also factored in. Among the top countries is the US, where the recorded growth was 6%, while instead the oil and gas sectors experienced employment decreases of 6% and 18% respectively. Opposing trends instead for countries such as Italy and Spain. The latter, in 2014, saw a decrease in energy sector employees, down to 76,300 people, exactly half of the total recorded in 2008. According to Irena, aside from the economic crisis, the main factors in this shift can be found in the “adverse policies against the electric sector,” which cause a continued decrease in “green jobs” within certain countries.