Jobs Double for Pennsylvania Residents Near the Marcellus Shale

Brian Hicks

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted October 21, 2011

The Marcellus Shale is creating more jobs for Pennsylvania residents.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has said that drilling, support and pipeline jobs associated with the booming Marcellus Shale formation have more than doubled since 2008 from 9,520 to 20,387.

Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor, Jim Cawley, recently made a visit to Lancaster County where he was pleased to find that the oil industry has even created jobs there.

“The natural gas industry is located miles from here, but it has set off an economic chain reaction reaching all the way to Mount Joy, where it is creating jobs.  Governor Tom Corbett and I want to see more of this type of job creation happening across the state,” said Cawley, according to PR Newswire.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, in a report released earlier this month, “core Marcellus jobs also pay a much higher salary than other industries — an average of $76,000 compared to about $46,000.”

The report also stated that the areas near the Marcellus shale have seen decreases in unemployment rates.

PR Newswire reports the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission approved and sent the Pennsylvania Governor 96 recommendations for responsible natural gas drilling. This month Governor Corbett released his plan that he based on the recommendations. Part of the plan, provided by PR Newswire, is as follows:

One part of the governor’s plan is to grow the number of existing manufacturing firms participating in the shale gas industry by helping them:

  • Adapt their products for industry use;
  • Meet industry standards;
  • Market their services to the industry; and
  • Identify qualified suppliers.

That’s all for now,


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