Ohio will rank No. 7 in unconventional natural gas drilling from 2010 to 2015 and jobs will grow by nearly 8 percent, according to a new study.


The top states for naturaql gas drilling are and will be Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Wyoming, Ohio, Utah, Oklahoma and Michigan, according to the IHS Global Insight study cited by the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance in its post.


The report says those Top 10 states will likely experience a compound annual job growth rate of nearly 8 percent.


Pennsylvania and Coloradeo leade the way with annual growth rates of 14 and 10 percent, respectively.


Total U.S. employment in that time is expected to grow by 1.6 percent.


Shale gas drilling including Ohio's Utica shale is expected to produce significant job creation, economic growth amd revenue for federal, state and local governments, the report said.


Hydraulic fracturing or fracking and horizontal wells are frequently referred to as unconventional drilling,