Study: 262,800 Ohio Jobs Supported by Natural Gas and

August 11, 2017

Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian, August 6

API Ohio recently released a new study showing that the United States natural gas and oil industry supported 262,800 jobs in the state and contributed $37.94 billion to the Ohio economy in 2015.

The study also found that all 50 states, whether energy producing or not, continued to benefit from the industry.

“The benefits Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry provides the state are immense,” said Executive Director Christian Zeigler. “Industry jobs within and throughout the supply chain, in addition to billions of dollars in value added to all sectors of the state’s economy as a result of oil and natural gas development, are a bright spot for all Ohioans. Federal, state and local lawmakers can help ensure these continued benefits for Ohio’s future with forward-looking policies that promote the safe production, processing and distribution of our state’s energy resources.”

“This study validates the role of the natural gas and oil industry in growing the U.S. economy and supporting more than 10 million workers from coast-to-coast,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “Natural gas and oil touches virtually every facet of our life from heating our homes and fueling transportation to life-saving medical devices and cosmetics at the drug store. This study is further proof of the positive impact that U.S. resources have on workers and communities across the nation.”

The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and commissioned by API, showed that the natural gas and oil industry supported 10.3 million American jobs in 2015. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage paid by the natural gas and oil industry in 2016, excluding retail station jobs, was $101,181, which is nearly 90 percent more than the national average.

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API Ohio is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.

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