Today, IOGA of NY released its fourth Natural Gas Number. The number, 15,300, represents the number of unemployed New Yorkers residing in four counties along the Pennsylvania border.
Opportunity abounds across many employment categories in other states, from lower-skilled positions to PhD-level scientists and researchers, said John Holko, president of Lenape Resources and an IOGA of NY director and spokesman.
“Not all jobs in the oil and gas field require advanced academic degrees and scientific credentials. Laborers, landscapers, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators and more than 100 other job titles serve the industry,” Holko said. “After some training, many of those 15,300 people could have job opportunities in a relatively short period of time. But those jobs are in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, and in nearly 30 other states that produce oil and gas. Industry activity is yielding entrepreneurial incentives for trade schools, colleges and other businesses, which are eagerly adapting to train and educate a new generation of workers. New York is being left behind, and so is its workforce.”
The “Natural Gas Number” series highlights significant dates and data points demonstrating what New York has lost, and what other states have gained, since the American natural gas boom began. Today marks the 1,896th day since the moratorium was imposed.