In its “Marcellus Shale: Fast Facts” employment overview, the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, released data that proves promising for employment in Pennsylvania. Here is a sampling of the data, which includes some impressive economic impact and employment figures:

  • Core industries were up 114%.
  • 2011 Q1 Marcellus Shale related industries total employment was214,000.
  • The average wage for the core industries was $76,036, which was morethan $29,800 greater than the average for all industries.
  • Statewide new hires in the core industries were 138.1% higher in 2011 Q2than in 2008 Q2.
  • The six Workforce Investment Areas with substantial Marcellus drillingsaw a combined decrease in unemployment rate of 0.4 percentage pointsfrom the period of August 2009 to August 2011.
  • There were 3,600 online job postings statewide in core and ancillaryindustries in August of 2011.
  • Total job postings across all industries for Pennsylvania were 21.3%higher in August 2011 than in August 2010.
  • In 2011 Q2 there were 2,129 new hires in the Marcellus Shale relatedcore industries, This was 138.1% higher than in 2008 Q2.

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Ethane Cracker Plant

Shell recently announced that they will be building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant near Pittsburgh. This plant will boost employment, economic development, and commercial real estate, while encouraging more shale drilling throughout the region.


The upcoming construction of the new multi-billion dollar Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA, means that there are unlimited opportunities for everyone who is involved in any aspect of regional business development. Marcellus Utica Connection is seeking strategic partners to launch marketing initiatives and connect the different industries that will most benefit during this time of unprecedented growth.