Why Ohio’s Top Oil and Gas Producing Counties Continue to Lag in Jobs

A decade into Ohio’s shale gas boom, seven Appalachian counties still have unemployment rates that exceed the state average.

By Kathiann M. Kowalski

A decade after the start of Ohio’s shale gas boom, counties with the most oil and gas production continue to have higher-than-average unemployment rates. A review of state data shows that unemployment rates in Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, and Noble Counties have exceeded the statewide average every year since 2010, casting doubt on the view that the shale gas industry would be a game changer for jobs in Appalachian Ohio...

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