Environmentalists and the natural gas drillers will likely never agree on fracking used in drilling and axes that are paid or should be paid. But it’s hard to debate the number of jobs the industry has created.

A group of state drillers, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, jumped on a recent report by the Department of Labor & Industry outlining the jobs. The Coalition highlighted the numbers:

9,000 New Marcellus Hires in 2011

There were 9,000 new hires in these two (core and ancillary) industry groups in the first quarter of 2011 alone.

94% Increase in Marcellus Employment

Marcellus Employment (2008 Q1 to 2010 Q3): Core industries were up 8,700 (+94%).

141,000 Marcellus Related Jobs

Marcellus Employment (2008 Q1 to 2010 Q3): 2010 Q3 Marcellus Shale industries total employment is 141,000.

$69,995 Average Marcellus Wage

Marcellus Wages (2009 Q4 to 2010 Q3): The average wage in the core industries was $69,995, which is more than $24,500 greater than the statewide average.

48,000 New Marcellus Hires

New Marcellus Hires (2009 Q4 to 2011 Q1): 48,000 new hires within the Marcellus Shalecore and ancillary industries. 1300% Employment Increase in the Northern Tier Northern Tier saw an increase of 1,109 employees from 2008 Q1 to 2010 Q3, for an increase of nearly 1300%.

660% Employment Increase in Central PA

The Central Workforce Investment Area (WIA) was second in terms of employment growth by volume and percentage, increasing employment by more than 660%.