Washington Observer-Reporter – Report: Marcellus jobs juggernaut continues

The Marcellus Shale industry was responsible for creating 1,329 jobs within its core industries in Southwestern Pennsylvania, a 198.4 percent jump between the first quarter of 2008 and 2011, according to a report released this month by the state Department of Labor & Industry.

According to L&I’s “Marcellus Fast Facts” report prepared by its Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, during the three-year reporting period, the Marcellus Industry also added 725 jobs in ancillary industries – from natural gas distribution to engineering and environmental consulting services – in the region, which includes Washington and Greene counties, over the three-year reporting period.

The report states that across the commonwealth, the Marcellus added 10,900 jobs in core industries such as natural gas extraction and gas liquid extraction and drilling gas wells, between the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of this year. It said that as of the first quarter of 2011, Marcellus Shale related industries total employment was 214,000 people, stating that the average Marcellus wage of $76,036 is $29,800 greater than the average wage of all industries in the state.

In the region, the industry now employs 1,999 in core jobs and 10,759 in ancillary jobs, the report states.

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