Ohio Jobs & Economy

According to the Department of Labor, over the last ten years the total number of new jobs created in this and related industries Ohio was only 800. This is an average of 80 new jobs per year. Research and estimates from the industry predicted that Ohio would see 200,000 new jobs by 2014 due to the ‘Game Changing’ boom of unconventional exploration of the Ohio shale play.  For more detail and references see: FactSheet- OH Actual Job Numbers

Employment by the Numbers:

  • The total number of employees in the entire industry according to BLS was 435,00 (2010)
  • Length of shifts in hours that oil and gas field workers are routinely pressured into working by employers who cite longstanding regulatory exemptions enjoyed by the industry: 20 hours
  • Number of fracking sites where the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently collected air samples to evaluate worker exposure to crystalline silica, which is present in the “frac sand” used in the natural gas extraction process and causes silicosis, incurable lung disease, and scleroderma incurable autoimmune disease: 11 sites
  • Percent of the tested fracking sites where workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica exceed occupational health limits: 100 %

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