Arizona ranks third in the U.S. in the number of jobs related to the solar industry, with nearly 5 percent of the nationâ¿¿s solar workers residing in the state. The report, released Monday by the Solar Foundation and Green LMI, showed Arizona has about 980 businesses dedicated to the industry, employing 4,786 people. That puts Arizona behind only California and Colorado and makes the state one of the leading job creators in the industry, which totals 100,237 workers in the U.S. Thatâ¿¿s up from about 93,000 last year. Click the image above for info on the Top 5 states for solar jobs. The jobs report shows a continuing trend of job growth in the industry, officials said. â¿¿The Solar Foundationâ¿¿s jobs census ... shows that we employ more than 100,000 Americans,â¿ Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said at this weekâ¿¿s Solar Power International trade show and conference in Dallas. â¿¿And no industry in the country is growing faster than solar. Our industry is made up of 5,000 American companies â¿¦ most of them small businesses. Over the last year alone, PV installations have grown by 69 percent. Thatâ¿¿s 40 times faster than the rest of the economy.â¿ While national figures were released last month, the Solar Foundation study marks the first time these numbers have been broken down by state. The analysis was done by Cornell University from data collected by BW Research Partnership. California leads the nation in solar jobs, with 25,575, or roughly a one-quarter of the U.S. total. Colorado, which is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is second, with 6,186 solar workers. Arizona benefits from good natural conditions for solar as well as economic incentives designed to lure manufacturing businesses and supply chains to the state. In the past two years, companies including First Solar Inc., Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., Power-One Inc., Rioglass and Gestamp Solar have either announced they will locate manufacturing in the Valley or started up operations.