In Case You Missed It: A Dose of Reality on Shale-Related Employment, PA Jobs Update, and School Funding

Third and State is taking a break for the holiday. We will return on December 2. Happy Thanksgiving.

In recent weeks, we blogged about a new report on the jobs impact of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formation. We also had the latest on Pennsylvania jobs, a report on a day of action in support of expanding Medicaid, and a letter to the editor setting the record straight about school funding in Pennsylvania.


  • On the Marcellus Shale, Chris Lilienthal blogged about a new report finding that shale drilling in the six states spanning the Marcellus and Utica Shale has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. The report was the first released by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative — a group of research organizations, including the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, tracking the impacts of shale drilling. Chris also highlighted other findings from the report: that shale drilling is highly sensitive to price fluctuations, and that since 2012 shale drilling has shifted from Pennsylvania to Ohio and other areas with growth in more lucrative shale oil production.
  • On jobs and the economy, Mark Price wrote that there was little good job news for Pennsylvania in the September and October employment reports released last week.
  • On education and the state budget, Sharon Ward shared her letter to the editor in The Patriot-News and setting the record straight about funding cuts to Pennsylvania schools in recent years.
  • And on health care, Chris Lilienthal highlighted a recent statewide day of action calling on Pennsylvania lawmakers to expand Medicaid health coverage in 2014 under the health reform law.


  • Drilling in the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim. Read the new report or a press release on it from the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative


Watch the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's latest webinar for a look at proven strategies to provide property tax relief to those who most need it — while protecting critical investments in public education.


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