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The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) estimates that 13,100 people are directly employed in the geothermal industry. Currently, the majority of geothermal employment opportunities in the United States exist where most geothermal reservoirs are located—in the western states, especially in rural areas. As of 2013, the most recent data available, the GEA reports that geothermal electric power generation occurred in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Other states—such as Louisiana and Mississippi—are expected to begin generating electric power via geothermal technology in the next several years. However, since magma is located everywhere under the earth’s surface, better technology and more powerful tools may enable geothermal-related projects to be found throughout the United States.

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