Gas and oil production continues to help U.S. boost employment rates

It appears as if there's been more job creation in the more traditional gas and oil production sector, not in the new "green" jobs industry as previously hoped by the Obama administration. The news comes as officials in Ohio are touting the benefits of drilling, which they say could boost the state's employment numbers for the next 50 years.

According to the Washington Post, gas and energy jobs make up 20 percent of all new jobs created in the United States since 2003, and a recent study by the American Petroleum Institute found that a better energy policy could help create 1.4 million more industry jobs by 2030.


In Ohio, state officials are hoping that a new industrial plant by V&M Star will create hundreds of new gas and oil production jobs in Youngstown, according to The Associated Press.

In Lorain, Ohio, U.S. Steel said it would add 100 jobs with its upgraded plant that manufactures seamless pipes used in oil-gas exploration and production.

Loran Mayor Tony Krasienko told the news agency the city has a chance to revive manufacturing through increased shale drilling.

"For every manufacturing job there are between five and seven ancillary jobs created within the community that support those manufacturing jobs," Krasienko added.