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Friday, November 22, 2013

Shale-gas industry jobs overstated: Report

The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative is composed of the Keystone Research Center, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Fiscal Policy Institute of New York, Policy Matters Ohio, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis in Virginia, and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. It receives funding from the Heinz Endowments, the Park Foundation and other groups.
"A new report by a group of research organizations claims there aren't as many shale-related jobs as previously predicted in Pennsylvania and other states in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative report claims there were only 33,000 shale-related jobs that have been added in the six-state Marcellus and Utica regions between 2005 and 2012. ** That includes 22,000 in Pennsylvania, 6,000 in West Virginia and 2,800 in Ohio. Other estimates have run as high as 180,000. The figure comes from an analysis by the collaborative of data from each state, and is much lower than other estimates. The collaborative's data excludes jobs existing before 2005 when fracking of natural gas wells became more commonplace.

"Shale jobs are a tiny fraction of all jobs," said Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center and a co-writer of the "Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why." Shale-related jobs are, for example, about one-half of 1 percent of all jobs in Pennsylvania and one out of 794 jobs in the entire six-state region, where health/education positions represent one in every six jobs."

**(Corbett claims 200,000 jobs, which if you including low-paid hotel maids and waiters, that might be true... . But high-paying energy sector jobs? Nowhere near it, Tom: Tell the truth.)