The Northern Panhandle’s District 6 now has 45 open positions, while there are 309 vacancies throughout the Mountain State. These governmental positions are coming open as drillers, pipeliners and processors continue expanding their operations.
“Some of the vacancies can be attributed to the oil and natural gas industry. It is hard for us to provide the same level of starting pay,” said Brent Walker, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Transportation. “You cannot ignore the effect it has on us.”
District 6 includes the six oil and natural gas activity-heavy Northern Panhandle counties. District 4 also sees significant Marcellus work across northern West Virginia from Morgantown to Clarksburg, and has 53 vacant positions in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.
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