It seems industry is overestimating the jobs they provided in the Marcellus Shale. Report: Gas drilling created nowhere near 48,000 jobs in PA
HARRISBURG – The Keystone Research Center in a policy brief released today states that the number of jobs created in Pennsylvania by the Marcellus Shale boom has been much less than cited in recent news reports.
The brief claims that figures of approximately 48,000 new jobs created between late 2007 and 2010 are “exaggerated claims” that rely on data about “new hires,” which are not the same as new jobs.
Wow! I bet that’s the first time industry has ever inflated the jobs claim. Oh wait…
Overall, Marcellus job growth is small, accounting for less than one in 10 of the 111,400 new jobs created since February 2010, when employment bottomed out after the recession, the report finds.
Even if Marcellus Shale-related industries had created no jobs in 2010, the state still would have ranked third in overall job growth among the 50 states.
“The Marcellus boom has contributed to job growth, but the size of that contribution has been significantly overstated,” Herzenberg said.