NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

Shale Drilling Creates 48,000 Jobs in Pennsylvania

June 6, 2011

There's been nearly a 1,300 percent increase in core Marcellus Shale industry jobs in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming since 2008, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry report, says

  • Nearly 48,000 people have been hired in the last year by industries related to drilling in the Marcellus Shale -- 71 percent of those people were Pennsylvania residents.
  • Nine thousand of them were hired in the first three months of 2011.
  • The central counties including Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Columbia and Northumberland saw an increase of more than 660 percent.
  • Employment in the mining and logging sector, which includes Marcellus drilling, has increased more than 57 percent in the last decade, with more than half that increase occurring in the last 12 months.

While there has been much talk of the economic impact of the Marcellus, most of it has been anecdotal, until the Department of Labor and Industry quietly published its most up-to-date hard numbers in May, says Pennlive.

Source: Donald Gilliland, "Marcellus Shale Drilling Creates 48,000 Jobs,", May 29, 2011.

For text:


Browse more articles on Environment Issues