• 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.