What They’re Saying: MSC Annual Workforce Highlights

This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) released its annual workforce survey [press release; pdf. results], which was widely covered by regional and national media – including the Ellwood City Ledger, Titusville Herald, Times LeaderStateImpact, Rigzone, E&E News, as well as KDKA Radio.

Here’s what others are saying about job-creating shale trends from this year’s survey:

  • “Shale Development Represents a Generational Opportunity for Our Commonwealth”: Gas companies operating in and around the Marcellus shale say they are increasingly hiring skilled workers for engineering and construction jobs as the industry matures beyond the rush to drill wells. The high-paying jobs accounted for 26.5 percent of new hires last year, according to a survey of MSC member companies. … The coalition survey found companies plan to hire 2,000 more employees in 2014. … “Shale development represents a generational opportunity for our Commonwealth. Since day one, our industry has focused on fostering the growth of a skilled and well-trained local workforce to ensure that lifelong opportunities are being fully realized,” Dave Spigelmyer, president of the coalition, said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/29/14)
  • Shale “Industry Expects to Continue Hiring”: About one-fourth of new hires in the shale drilling industry took jobs in engineering and construction last year, according to a survey conducted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition. … Meanwhile, the industry expects to continue hiring. The report found that member companies plan to hire more than 2,000 new employees in 2014. Those jobs are geared toward three sectors: engineering and construction, midstream and pipeline, and operations and maintenance. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/30/14)
  • “Pa. Oil and Gas Jobs Projected to Grow, New Study Reveals”: A Marcellus shale industry workforce survey shows that 60 percent of new hires in 2013 came from Pennsylvania. The annual survey by the North Fayette Township-based Marcellus Shale Coalition also found that its members plan to hire 2,000 new employees this year, with the vast majority targeted for jobs in southwestern Pennsylvania. (Beaver County Times, 7/31/14)
  • “Marcellus Shale Industry Continues to Grow”: Of the 2,000 new jobs projected for 2014, nearly 80 percent of them are in southwestern Pennsylvania. … The survey found that in 2013, 83 percent of new hires in the industry were from Marcellus/Utica Shale states. … Overall, [MSC president Dave] Spigelmyer said the industry will continue to grow and added that benefits will be seen beyond development sites. “The real bright spot for the shale industry in Pennsylvania is what I believe is the emerging manufacturing base that is beginning to unfold as a result of affordable supplies of energy,” he said. (WESA, 7/31/14)
  • Marcellus Shale Industry Sees “Explosive Growth” in Employment: Oil and gas employment is projected to continue growing by the end of 2014. The survey projects 2,000 new jobs added among its respondents in 2014 … Recent Labor and Industry data show an explosive growth in gas industry and ancillary jobs across the Northern Tier from late 2009 to late 2013. Core industry jobs grew from 217 to 3,149, a 1,351 percent increase. Ancillary jobs grew from 1,965 to 3,808, an almost 94 percent increase. (Scranton Times-Tribune, 7/31/14)
  • 83% of New Hires Came from Marcellus Shale States: Marcellus Shale member companies expect to hire more than 2,000 people this year, according to results of the organization’s annual year-end workforce survey.  … The survey said that most of the new employees, 83 percent, came from Marcellus shale states – Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland. Attracting and retaining a high-quality, local workforce is important to the organization, MSC President David Spigelmyer said. “By nearly all metrics – and with Pennsylvania’s unemployment at its lowest level since September 2008 and well below the national average – we continue to make positive progress on this important commitment, helping to create opportunities for those seeking work in our growing industry,” he said. (Pittsburgh Business Journal, 7/29/14)

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