Marcellus Spin-off Jobs?

As we noted in a previous Policy Brief (Volume 11, Number 38), natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation has had a tremendous impact on jobs in the mining and logging sector not only in the Pittsburgh region but in Pennsylvania as well.  Across Pennsylvania the number of payroll employees working in mining and logging had risen by 46 percent from May 2007 to May 2011 while the increase in the Pittsburgh region was a bit higher at 66 percent.  While there is little debate about the direct impact of this drilling on jobs in the mining and logging sector, there is some controversy over the number of spinoff jobs being created by the Marcellus Shale drilling boom.  Is the Marcellus Shale drilling activity spinning off substantial jobs in other sectors?  



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