New state report details growth of shale industry

WARREN – Workers in Ohio oil and gas industry’s core jobs increased 17 percent in the first quarter of 2012 from the first quarter of 2011, according to a new quarterly report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Those jobs included things like pipeline construction and well drilling.

The report, released Monday, also indicates that employment in ancillary shale industries, like freight trucking and environmental consulting, also increased, but just by 3.1 percent over the same time period.

The report shows the average salary in core shale industries was $73,934. The average salary in ancillary industries was $58,765.

These types of figures will be tracked and compared each quarter in the new report to be prepared by the state ODJFS agency in an effort to lend insight into the shale industry’s impact on Ohio’s economy.

“The growing oil and gas industry holds great economic potential for Ohio,” ODJFS Director Michael Colbert said. “This report provides individuals, businesses and community leaders with important information that can help guide economic development decisions and career choices.”

Industrywide, Ohio saw an increase of 90,435 jobs in the first three months of 2012. Shale-related jobs totaled 167,310.

Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, 16 oil and gas well-drilling operations, six natural gas liquid extraction operations, five oil and gas pipeline construction businesses and nine businesses offering oil and gas industry support services opened in Ohio.