Another jobs study and another number for the jobs created by the gas industry in Pennsylvania. A new study done by professor Kelsey at Penn State University found 23,500 jobs created by the industry in 2009, a big number but about half of some other estimates. See http://extension.psu.edu/natural gas/publications.
Professor Kelsey's jobs number includes direct and induced numbers. Professor Kelsey also found that 55% and 66% of lease and royalty payments respectively are saved in the first year. Other findings included that about half of the drilling plots are owned by people living in the county and half do not live in the county where the drilling takes place plus 23% of businesses in Washington county reported that the gas industry had boosted their revenues.
My bottom line on the controversy about the number of jobs generated by the industry is qualitative and not quantitative. A lot of direct and induced jobs are being created at a time when every job is especially precious. The industry is rightly proud of its important, positive economic impact. Yet, the gas industry is not a ticket to prosperity or a job for every Pennsylvanian.
We are a big state, with more than 12 million people, and we need about 6.6 million total
jobs. We must develop much more than the Marcellus to have a healthy economy.