Oil And Gas Industry Employment On The Rise

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Job growth in the Southeast Ohio’s core oil and natural gas industries jumped nearly 24 percent over the past year according to a report by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Shale-related support industries experienced a 5.6 percent increase in employment over the same period.

The report says the average wage for jobs in core industries was $73,934. Support industries had an average wage of $58,765.

Core industries include oil and gas drilling, pipeline construction and support activities; pipeline transportation of natural gas; natural gas liquid extraction; and crude petroleum and natural gas extraction.

Sixteen new oil and gas well drilling operations opened up in Ohio between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012.

Statewide 167,310 people were employed in industries geared towards extracting resources from Ohio’s shale deposits in the first quarter of 2012.