PA O&G Jobs Drop 32% in 2Q16, but O&G Jobs Double Over Last 9 Yrs

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released employment numbers for the Marcellus industry for the second quarter of 2016. Yes, you read that right–the jobs numbers released were for 2Q16, April through June. Why such a delay? Who knows!? What followed is instructive. The numbers show that year over year, from 2Q15 to 2Q16, those employed by the Marcellus industry went down by 32%. However, the same report shows overall those directly employed by the drilling industry doubled over the past nine years. Yes, we hit a down cycle and lost some jobs, but we’re still light years ahead (and a heck of a lot better off) than where we were just a decade ago. Also keep in mind: we are once again on the upswing with jobs, since 2Q16…

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