By Timothy Cama
Natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale formation has created just over 45,000 construction jobs, a new study has concluded.
The study looked at a 13 trades related to natural gas exploration from 2008 through the first half of 2014.
It was commissioned by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, a coalition of labor and industry interests in oil and gas.
“A preliminary examination of employment data in states related to the Marcellus Shale Play … reveals that natural gas exploration has been a strong engine of job growth,” the researchers with the University of Illinois concluded.
The figures are based on actual hours worked in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, assuming 1,600 hours in a year for a worker.