Jay Greene| Crain’s Detroit Business

Michigan ranks third in the nation, behind Arizona and California, in the creation of clean-energy jobs, according to second-quarter data from a study by Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Last year, Michigan dropped out of the top 10 when it created 1,700 clean-energy jobs in wind, solar, vehicle and efficiency positions compared with 2012 when it ranked fifth in the nation with 2,262 jobs.

But from April through June this year, Michigan created 1,450 clean-energy jobs in two projects, said E2, a San Francisco-based environmental business advocacy group. Arizona created 3,060 jobs in five projects, followed by California with 2,621 jobs in 10 projects.

The majority of the Michigan jobs were created by General Motors Co. when it announced a $384 million investment in advanced battery technologies at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and $65 million for the battery assembly plant in Brownstown Township.

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