Lansing State Journal

Shale also powers employment
Lansing State Journal

Of all the places that America’s new jobs are, the emerging energy business might be responsible for more of them than almost anything else.

Since 2002, the exploration of natural gas deposits embedded in shale, followed by oil drilling that began in earnest late in the decade, has created more than 1 million jobs, said Moody’s Analytics economist Chris Lafakis. That’s out of 2.7 million jobs the whole country created.

“It’s really huge,” Lafakis said. “And the jobs pay very well.” Jobs directly in the oil and gas extraction business pay an average of just under $150,000 a year, Lafakis said — almost three times the national average.

Just counting positions directly in the energy industry, the shale boom has accounted for as many as 33,000 new jobs this year, according to Bright Labs, a startup whose website provides job hunting data and tips.

But the shale job surge is more broad-based than those numbers alone would suggest, thanks to the energy industry’s complicated infrastructure and supply chain, researchers say. Rising U.S. energy production is creating manufacturing jobs for everything from steel for piping to rail cars.

Mais au Québec, Martine Ouellet, la ministre de l’éco-catastrophisme, a dit « niet, niet, niet » au gaz de schiste. Au Québec, on est pauvre et on aime ça.