The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has just released new employment data and with it, the number of people hired in the past 12 months to work in the Marcellus Shale drilling industry. And the numbers are startling:
Nearly 48,000 people have been hired in the last year by industries related to drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and 71 percent of those people were Pennsylvania residents. Nine thousand of them were hired in the first three months of 2011.
The average salary was higher than the statewide average.
And the rate of hiring is accelerating.
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 about two weeks ago.*
More details about the numbers are available by clicking the link below.
*Mechanicsburg The Patriot-News (May 29, 2011) – Marcellus Shale drilling creates 48,000 jobs, report says