County commissioners in Ohio pass resolution encouraging oil and gas producers to hire locally

According to the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, a board of county commissioners in Ohio passed a resolution encouraging oil and gas producers to hire local union workers for jobs related to drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The Harrison County commissioners passed the resolution in hopes of improving the high unemployment rate. A representative with a local trade association explained that neighboring Wetzel, West Virginia has the largest drilling activity in the region, however, Wetzel's unemployment rate jumped by more than one percent at the end of the summer. It is his position that "if these companies give our work force a chance, they'll see our people can produce and we'll get this job done at a high efficiency rate and it will benefit the economy and have a tremendous impact in this area."

National, Ohio