Tim Puko had a good article over the weekend about gas industry jobs. Puko reports that official PA data for mining, drilling and logging jobs shows a drop of 4% in April compared to a year ago.
The latest available data showed a total of 36,400 jobs in the official classifications within the extraction industries. The official mining, drilling and timbering data, however, does not include some jobs like title work that is featured in Puko's story that exist or don't exist, depending on whether the gas industry is expanding or contracting.
While jobs directly or indirectly created by gas production will ebb and flow, a constant in good and bad times will be that the gas industry alone will never be able to bring prosperity to all of Pennsylvania.