July 25, 2016

Intermittent clouds

New report predicts less oil, gas drilling jobs in Ohio

COLUMBUS — A study led by an Ohio State University professor predicts oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio will create far fewer jobs than the industry has forecast.

Economics professor Mark Partridge told The Columbus Dispatch that expectations should be realistic. The report released Thursday by his team looked for 20,000 jobs to be generated by the development of energy now locked in rock deep beneath eastern Ohio.

A study backed by the oil and gas industry has said there could be 200,000 new jobs. An industry group defended that finding on Thursday, saying it was based on companies’ confidential plans.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich said either number means tens of thousands of jobs in a part of the state that’s starving for good economic news.