State: Washington County, energy job growth “has historical merit”

Dec 08, 2014

Employment data suggests region “rapidly approaching full employment”

A recent front page article from the Washington Observer-Reporter ​from Business Editor Michael Bradwell and Business Reporter Rick Shrum found that the region’s responsible development of the Marcellus Shale has had lasting and profound economic and employment benefits in the region.

According to the report, which examined recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry:

“Economic development officials in Washington and Greene counties pointed to the continuous growth of the energy industry as the reason for low unemployment figures that crossed significant thresholds with the latest reading Thursday by the state Department of Labor & Industry.

Unemployment rates for Washington and Greene counties dropped precipitously in October, with the Greene figure descending below 4 percent…

“Once again, Greene and Washington were under the national (5.8 percent) and the state (5.4 percent) figures for October....

“Washington County has been below the U.S. rate for 20 of the past 21 months and at or below Pennsylvania’s figure for at least the past 25 months." 

The article also quoted Jeff Kotula, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce who said: “There is a definite correlation between our low unemployment rates in both counties and the continued expansion of the energy industry here.”

Range is committed to developing a local workforce and has partnered with numerous public and private efforts to prepare today and tomorrow’s workers for family-sustaining careers in responsible energy development, which is detailed in the Company’s Corporate Responsibility Report. Some of those programs include, but are not limited to the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s ShaleNET program, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, the Challenge Program, the Tri-County Oil and Gas Expo, and many more.

Range also has a “buy local” emphasis to work with employers, businesses and suppliers that are local to the communities and regions where the Company works. For example, we make every attempt to purchase and utilize domestic steel for our operations. Range has a strong and longstanding working relationship with U. S. Steel who provides nearly all of our well casing, which is manufactured here in the United States. The Company also strives to work with local small businesses like SunnySide Supply, based in Slovan, Pennsylvania in Range’s core operating area.

To see videos chronicling some of these success stories, please visit Range’s YouTube Channel or watch some of the videos below to see how responsible natural gas development is having profound positive impacts on local workers and businesses.