Oil and gas employment is projected to continue growing by the end of 2014, though not as much as last year, according to a recent employment survey by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
The survey projects 2,000 new jobs added among its respondents in 2014, half of the projected 4,000-job increase last year.
The coalition surveys its member companies on jobs issues each year. They represent most of the largest drillers and ancillary companies in the state but don’t reflect the entire oil and gas industry. Pipeline operator Williams, for example, was absent from the survey this year.
Asked where in the state these new hires would work, almost 35 percent of those surveyed said Northeast Pennsylvania. The region is second only to southwestern Pennsylvania, where more than 75 percent said they would send their new hires. Employers could answer with more than one region.
For those jobs added in 2013, most were in engineering and construction, equipment operations, operations and maintenance and administration, in that order. In 2012, equipment operations gained the most new hires.