As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.
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Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry shed about a third of its workforce between early 2015 and 2016.
Jobs in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry declined 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, compared to the same time period last year, new state data show.
The Department of Labor and Industry counts 19,623 people employed directly in the oil and gas industry, compared to 28,926 in the second quarter of 2015. It’s consistent with figures the department released earlier this year, showing drillers shed roughly a third of their workforce between the beginning of 2015 and 2016 amid low commodity prices.
People employed in related industries fared slightly better. The data show jobs associated with the Marcellus Shale declining by 27 percent, dropping from 72,675 to 52,531.
Despite the decline, there are still about twice as many oil and gas jobs in Pennsylvania as there were before the Marcellus Shale boom took off.
Earlier this year, a federal analysis showed oil and gas jobs across the country declining by 26 percent, after peaking at 538,000 in 2014.