Marcellus Shale Gas Has Been Very Good for Pennsylvania's Labor Market and Overall Economy
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently issued a labor market report for the state's Marcellus Shale-producing region (which covers about 2/3 of the state, see map above), here are some highlights:
1. Employment in Pennsylvania's core shale-related industries increased by 114% between 2008 Q1 and 2011 Q1.
2. There were 214,000 employees working in Marcellus Shale related industries during the first quarter of 2011.
3. Marcellus Shale related industries had a total of 13,504 Pennsylvania establishments in 2011, which was a 63% increase, and a gain of more than 650 establishments, from 2008.
4. The average wage in the core Marcellus industries was $76,036, compared to the average wage of $46,222 for all industries in Pennsylvania. The average wage in the ancillary shale gas industries was $62,581.