Marcellus Shale Development Creates Thousands of Skilled Craft Jobs, an Industrial Info News Alert

skilled-workers_300x191SUGAR LAND, TX–(Marketwired – Dec 10, 2014) – Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) — The boom in the Marcellus Shale has led to billions of dollars of capital investment and millions of hours of work for craft laborers that would not have taken place absent oil and gas development, according to labor researchers at the University of Illinois.

Their report, “Study of Construction Employment in Marcellus Shale-Related Oil and Gas Industry, 2008-2014,” was prepared by Robert Bruno and Michael Cornfield, using data from Industrial Info, among other sources. It says that between 2008 and the first half of 2014, “natural gas exploration has been a strong engine of job growth” in five states: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Over that six-and-a-half-year timeframe, workers logged more than 72 million hours of direct and indirect construction labor in oil and gas projects in that five-state region. These hours translate into between 36,321 and 45,402 actual construction jobs, depending on how many hours a worker puts in each week. None of these jobs would have been created if development of that shale formation did not take place. The study covered 13 skilled builder trade jobs, including:

  • Boilermakers
  • Operating engineers
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
  • Ironworkers
  • Plumbers
  • Laborers
  • Insulators
  • Painters
  • Plasterers and masons
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Carpenters
  • Teamsters

If anything, Bruno and Cornfield said their study underestimates the total labor impact of oil and gas development in the Marcellus, as it did not include jobs related to state road construction for natural gas development, or hours worked as part of local union agreements.

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