December 24, 2016
Pennsylvania lost 32 percent of its jobs in the oil and gas industry in a year-to-year comparison of second quarter data, according to new state labor statistics.
A December 2016 Marcellus Shale update from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry shows that direct employment in this sector fell from 28,926 in the second quarter of 2015 to 19,623 in the second quarter of 2016.
Despite the precipitous drop, jobs centered in the Marcellus Shale have grown markedly when considering trends over the last nine years, when there were just 9,017 direct jobs in natural gas development.
Overall, Pennsylvania had an estimated 52,531 people employed in natural gas extraction in the second quarter of 2016, whether at industry suppliers or with companies providing goods and services to the industry's employees. That was a 27 percent drop from 72,675, according to State Impact.
Nationwide, federal statistics released earlier this year found oil and gas jobs fell by 26 percent following a peak in 2014.