The economic impact on oil and gas drilling in the shale deposits in Northeast and Southeast Ohio will now be reported by the state.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released its first "Shale Report" on Monday. It will be released every three months to track hiring trends, salaries, drilling permits, and other industry impacts.
The first release tracks the impact from The first quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012. JFS spokesman Ben Johnson says core employment over that time increased 17%, and ancillary services, for jobs such as trucking and environmental consulting, increased about 3%.
Johnson says they have been asked to monitor who is getting hired for these jobs, whether they are from Ohio or other states, but the first report does not have the information. He says they are still looking for the best way to track a worker's state of residency.
Opponents have argued that the oil companies are bringing in their own workers from outside Ohio when they begin drilling.
The report also tracks salaries, which shows the average is the highest of any industry in Ohio.
One surprising stat that Johnson points out is that while the actual drilling takes place mainly in eastern Ohio, places like Dayton are seeing an increase in ancillary jobs as well.
Locally, trade schools and colleges are preparing students for jobs in these fields, with programs geared toward the industry.
The full report is available by clicking here.