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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Corbett expecting 994 jobs in NEPA

  • In a report released by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), an estimated 994 manufacturing jobs are expected to come to the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre region by 2020.
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     In a report released by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), an estimated 994 manufacturing jobs are expected to come to the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre region by 2020.
    This projection comes as the result of the natural gas boom in the Marcellus Shale region.
    Between Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, and Capital regions, 2,431 manufacturing jobs are expected in total.
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley have focused on seeing job growth in the state, running on the platform of “less taxes, more jobs.”
    Looking forward
    Pennsylvania’s energy boom is creating a manufacturing renaissance, which is in no small part thanks to our administration’s less taxes, more jobs approach to encouraging development not just in the Marcellus Shale, but across our vast energy field,” stated Cawley.
    Not only are developers creating jobs within the industry, but the shale boom’s impacts are benefiting countless others in varying sectors thanks to Governor Corbett’s common sense philosophy.”

    David N. Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association stated, “Due to Governor Corbett’s less taxes, more jobs philosophy, natural gas energy companies are creating considerable demand for goods produced in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry.
    As the Governor has said, Pennsylvania energy equals Pennsylvania jobs, and this report’s projection of thousands of additional jobs in our manufacturing areas is proof that Governor Corbett’s agenda is putting Pennsylvanians back to work.”

    According to the USCM, the Marcellus Shale has created an increased need for pipeline and mining equipment “that creates a demand for steel, iron, fabricated metals and machinery manufacturing industries.”
    Corbett and Cawley recently stated the state's unemployment rate is at 6.2 percent, adding it's the “lowest level” since 2008.
    Creating more jobs
    Along with the 994 jobs expected through the gas boom, another 500 jobs are expected to come to Pennsylvania by 2016.
    This is due to a new 870,000 square foot PetSmart distribution facility, made through the Corbett-Cawley Administration's “policies that encourage private sector development.”
    To create the facility, PetSmart received assistance from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including job training assistance and Job Creation Tax Credits.

    Page 2 of 2 - For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign of less taxes and more jobs, please visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com.
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