The strength of Washington County’s economy was confirmed last week as the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that Washington County, Pennsylvania had the third highest percentage of employment growth in the entire country. The Bureau determined that in the period between March 2010 and March 2011, Washington County’s employment growth was 4.3%. Only two other counties in the United States-Elkhart County in Indiana and Ottawa County in Michigan had higher employment growth rates. Washington County is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania (south of Pittsburgh) and is at the center of the Marcellus Shale Play.
Washington County business leaders are crediting this significant increase in employment growth with the development of the Marcellus Shale Play in the county. The Marcellus Shale Play is a vast geologic formation stretching from southwestern New York through western Pennsylvania and into West Virginia which has the potential to be the second largest natural gas field in the world. According to Barron P. McCune, Jr., Co-Chairman of the Washington County Energy Partners, the employment growth is directly related to the natural gas industry in the county. “We have every reason to feel energized about Washington County’s future as we are at the epicenter of Pennsylvania’s natural gas development. The county was the home to the first Marcellus Shale well and the first horizontal well. We have one of the highest rates of drilling activity and production in the state. With an abundant supply of these natural resources, our county is attracting energy companies every day and this means jobs for our residents,” Mr. McCune stated.
Read the entire article, “Washington County, Ranks 3rd for Employment Growth” from Today’s Energy Solutions.
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