From the Ohio Petroleum Council:
OPC comments on new Ohio economic ranking
COLUMBUS – Chief Executive Magazine ranked Ohio as one of the nation’s most improved states to do business in 2013. Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC) Executive Director Chris Zeigler offered the following comments on the magazine’s annual CEO survey:
“Ohio’s economic condition is certainly improving, and shale energy producers are leading the way with high paying jobs and opportunities for sustained economic prosperity. Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders have done a good job in providing the industry with a strong regulatory framework that encourages environmentally responsible development and bolsters citizens’ confidence. OPC will continue to work with our elected leaders to advance smart fiscal and regulatory policies to ensure continued safe and productive shale energy exploration and development in Ohio.”
According to the latest statistics from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, jobs created within the oil and natural gas industry offered considerably higher wages than jobs in other Ohio industries. From 2011 to 2012, oil and natural gas workers were paid an average wage of $72,859; approximately $29,006 higher than the average wage offered in the state’s other industries. In addition, jobs supporting the oil and natural gas industry paid an annual wage of $58,532, approximately $14,679 higher than jobs in other industries.
OPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America's technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members provide most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
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