In Pennsylvania alone, 339,000 jobs are supported by the oil and natural gas industry. These jobs add $34.6 billion to the gross state product. And there has been tremendous growth since those numbers were collected in 2011.
These jobs and business opportunities are not just in exploring, producing, refining, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas, but their activity also drives employment through the purchase of other goods and services that support the industry's operations. Equipment suppliers, construction companies, management specialists, and food service businesses all possess strong links to the industry. These businesses, in turn, purchase other goods and services that support other jobs throughout Pennsylvania and the nation. This type of ancillary economic activity will continue to grow and create much needed jobs. In fact, the Penn State study suggests that most oil and gas industry jobs are going to come from businesses that serve the needs of the drillers rather than the gas companies themselves.
Following are some of the industries and businesses that are generating the economic activity in the region:
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Real estate and rental
- Health and social services
- Professional and technical services
- Sign making
- Tree removal/logging
- X-Ray inspection companies
- Fire and Safety Companies
- Airlines, private and scheduled
Stories across the state also demonstrate the benefits of Marcellus Shale development:
- API Oil and Gas Workforce
- Marcellus Shale Jobs Portal
- Keystone Energy Forum Downloadable Fact Sheets
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