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Fracking and Alternative Energy

Babst Calland: Labor and Employment Professor’s Study Shows that the Marcellus Shale has Boosted the Construction Industry

By Marc J. Felezzola

According to a report in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Robert Bruno, a labor and employment relations professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has determined that the shale fields in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia are a strong job growth engine that have provided work for between 36,320 and 45,400 construction jobs between 2008 and 2014.  The Pittsburgh Business Times quotes Mr. Bruno’s study, saying “An examination of national and relevant state employment data for the construction industry indicates that but for natural gas projects, the [Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia] region would have experienced substantially higher incidences of construction industry job displacement.”

The full Pittsburgh Business Times article about Professor Bruno’s study is available here.

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