Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anecdote vs. Data

Let me make some introductions.  Data meet news, news meet data.

I just caught this headline.. but the Patriot News had article over the weekend: Marcellus Shale industry brings 'tsunami of jobs' to Pa.. which really was more of an anecdotal story focused on a woman getting a job in the drilling industry here in Pennsylvania.

Yet below is what the state's own data days about women working in Pennsylvania in these industries.  I've seen virtually no news that really looks into just how one sided this looks.  Given the coverage like above, you might think it was a tsunami of jobs for women.  Maybe someone wants to go the next step and work out similar gender breakdowns for new hiring in the same industries in say Texas and Oklahoma and see how Pennsylvania compares.

New Hires by Gender in Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas Extraction Industries

Pennsylvania, 1st Half of 2010

Source: LEHD, which is a collaboration of state labor agencies and BLS.

6 Comments:

Anonymous n'at said...

Womenfolk working are either traffic control, security guards, secretaries or other ancillary support services. The company cited in the article, Williams, is considered "midstream" which I don't believe is included within the NAICS Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas Extration Industries. They would be code 237120 for construction and 486210 for operation.

Whereby, taking those jobs out of Sector 21 for Quarrying, Mining... and into Sectors 23 for Construction and 48 for Transportation and Warehousing.

Perhaps a cypher'n task for some precocious UTA held over on winter break?

Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous n'at said...

Womenfolk working are either traffic control, security guards, secretaries or other ancillary support services. The company cited in the article, Williams, is considered "midstream" which I don't believe is included within the NAICS Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas Extration Industries. They would be code 237120 for construction and 486210 for operation.

Whereby, taking those jobs out of Sector 21 for Quarrying, Mining... and into Sectors 23 for Construction and 48 for Transportation and Warehousing.

Perhaps a cypher'n task for some precocious UTA held over on winter break?

Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:32:00 PM  
Blogger Vannevar said...

You had me at "anecdote vs data".

I once corresponded with a fellow who ended his emails with the sig-line, "Data is not the plural of anecdote".

Cheers, V

Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I would bet Williams Midstream Services is NAICS 21-3112

What is the plural of anectdote? Trivia?

I may have to borrow that line on occassion.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous n'at said...

It's cross referenced, so we're both right:

http://www.naics.com/censusfiles/ND213112.HTM#N213112

Saturday, December 17, 2011 7:24:00 AM  
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