Economic Impact

In Pennsylvania alone, 322,600 jobs are supported by the oil and natural gas industry. These jobs add $44.5 billion to the state's economy. 

These jobs and business opportunities are not just in exploring, producing, refining, transporting and marketing oil and natural gas, but their activity also drives employment through the purchase of other goods and services that support the industry's operations.  Equipment suppliers, construction companies, management specialists, and food service businesses all possess strong links to the industry. These businesses, in turn, purchase other goods and services that support other jobs throughout Pennsylvania and the nation.  This type of ancillary economic activity will continue to grow and create much needed jobs.

Following are some of the industries and businesses that are generating the economic activity in the region:

  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate and rental
  • Health and social services
  • Professional and technical services
  • Catering
  • Concrete
  • Banking
  • Landscaping
  • Janitorial
  • Painting
  • Sign making
  • Tree removal/logging
  • Welding
  • X-Ray inspection companies
  • Fire and Safety Companies
  • Airlines, private and scheduled

Stories across the state also demonstrate the benefits of Marcellus Shale development:

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