Weirton-Steubenville Corridor Feels Jobs Impact of Shale Development
The shale gas industry’s impact on the Weirton-Steubenville metropolitan area is expanding.
The Associated General Contractors of America reported the largest percentage gain in construction jobs in the nation — 26 percent, or 500 jobs — occurred in the Weirton-Steubenville corridor, which consists of Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County in Ohio.
AGCA said there are now 2,400 people working in the construction industry in the Weirton-Steubenville corridor, up from 1,900.
“It tells you we’re reaping the benefits of the growth in the shale gas industry,” said Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, citing investments in public infrastructure, pipelines and private investments in energy, the chemical industry, value-added metals, transportation logistics, and retail services.Read on by clicking here.