The Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC) today welcomed findings released today by IHS that place Ohio among the ten producing states with the largest employment gains from unconventional oil and natural gas development.
Nationwide this development contributed to a combined total of nearly 1.2 million jobs in 2012, according to IHS.
“The IHS study shows Ohio currently has a total of 38,380 jobs related to unconventional gas and oil activity, a number expected to increase to 143,595 in 2020 and to 266,624 by 2035,” said Christina Polesovsky, associate director of the OPC.
“These numbers reflect jobs from the first stages of exploration taking place in the Utica shale,” Polesovsky said. “Because of the significant investments made in Ohio and encouraging well results, the IHS is forecasting a substantial increase in oil and gas development jobs.”
The IHS study also reports that the industry paid over $910 million in state and local taxes in Ohio in 2011.
Click here to access the full IHS study: America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy.
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