Marcellus Shale Employment Up 159%

Since the beginning of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Labor and Industry has been keeping vital statistics on the industry, including job growth and the types of jobs available.

The latest version of the department's "Marcellus Shale Fast Facts" is now available on line. It shows that since the fourth quarter of 2008, employment in Marcellus Shale core industries is up by 18,000 jobs, or 159 percent, at a time when Pennsylvania was losing jobs.

Total employment in the industry has grown by 238,000 jobs since 2008. The department reports that the average wage in drilling core industries is more than $81,000 per year and more than 1,000 business establishments were created.

The report also details the progress of ShaleNET, a program funded by a three‐year, $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. ShaleNET is a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for high priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry.

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