The Facts - Jobs
The oil and natural gas industry supplies most of America’s energy and supports more than 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 7.5 percent of the U.S. economy.
One in 20 American jobs is supported by the oil and natural gas industry.
For every job created in the shale gas sector, more than three jobs are added, representing one of the larger employment multipliers in the United States.
Americans working in the shale gas sector are paid an average of $23.16 per hour, compared to an average $13.10 to $22.00 per hour for comparable industries.
An American Petroleum Institute survey of 230 oil and natural gas vendors in West Virginia showed the industry supports 80,400 jobs.
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