Very enlightening, it is excellent articles like this that make one wonder if our governor pays any attention to facts and the lives of upstate New York residents and TAXpayers. We can see the flames of success but cannot experience the warmth. JLCpulse
Mike Butler in Philly.com
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014, 1:08 AM
Make no mistake, the past few years have been difficult for Pennsylvanians looking to find well-paying jobs. Our state's unemployment rate has been stuck above 7 percent for more than five years. Many people have become so frustrated that they've stopped looking for work. The one bright spot has been Marcellus Shale development, which has offset this larger trend by providing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians with meaningful work and newfound hope for their financial future.
Since shale development began in earnest just a few years ago, it has created more than 239,000 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. Of these, more than 28,000 are in "core" positions that pay at least $83,000 per year, while the remainder are in fields that, while very different, support this development and employ hard-working people of diverse technical backgrounds.