Bradford County, PA Experiencing a Job Boom, Leads Entire State in Net Job Growth

Bradford County, PA Little, rural Bradford County located in northeastern Pennsylvania is seeing a boom in new jobs:

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, Bradford County led the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in net job growth from March of 2009 to March 2010.

According to the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission (NTRPDC), the 2,000 jobs gained represented a 7.2 percent increase while most counties suffered losses in employment. Bradford County saw the unemployment rate drop from 10 percent a year ago to 7.4 percent now.*

And also this:

Tioga County [PA] gained 800 jobs, the third-best improvement of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.*

How can that be? Simple: Both counties have very active Marcellus Shale drilling.

*Wyalusing Rocket-Courier (May 13) – Bradford County Leads Commonwealth in Job Growth