Pennsylvania Natural Gas Jobs Doubled in Last Three Years

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released their latest Marcellus Shale Fast Facts, illustrating the important economic stimulus that drilling represents to the commonwealth.

Key Findings Include:

  • Marcellus Shale core industries (such as drilling, gas extracting, pipe laying, and similar support activities) provides more than 20,300 jobs in the commonwealth.
  • All Marcellus Shale-related industries (including ancillary industries such as trucking and testing laboratories) employ more than 214,000 people.
  • For the last three quarters, the average pay in core industries was more than $76,000.
    • For comparison, the average salary in all industries in Pennsylvania was less than $45,500.
  • While the commonwealth saw new hires across all industries fall 8.3% in 2011 compared to 2008, statewide hires in core Marcellus industries are up 138 percent.
    • In August, there was 3,600 online job postings for Marcellus Shale-related industries
  • Areas with significant Marcellus activity, on average, experienced decreases from 2009 unemployment rates.

As the maps below show, counties with significant Marcellus Shale drilling often report among the lowest unemployment rates in the commonwealth.