Fracking the lede
"Sectors showing potential for growth in Pittsburgh include fabricated metals manufacturing, with jobs expected to grow 1.4 percent annually to 16,606 by 2020," (emphasis added)
"Employment in iron and steel is forecast to contract by 0.9 percent annually in Pittsburgh through 2020." (again emphasis added)So the very report being reported on is saying that Pittsburgh's core manufacturing industry is predicted to decline steadily into the future is almost written off. That pessimistic forecast is likely even taking into account the positive and indirect impact being anticipated because of energy costs. Never has such a dour prediction been so lost in a headline. I think that is called burying the lede?
In fact... if you really need to see how unsupportable the jump is from growth in shale development to (local at the very least) manufacturing prognostication. The very latest data dump has this for the recent employment trends by industry in Pittsburgh. Check out the bookends of this chart, but at least note that local manufacturing employment is by far the laggard and at -2.3% job decline over the year, plummeting like a rock despite the relatively rapid growth in mining employment. Pittsburgh manufacturing would have to expand by 25+% just to get back to the level of employment it had when the Renz well was first dropped.
And to not be misled by the percentages. The high % growth in mining and logging employment represents +600 jobs over the year. The manufacturing job loss in the region is -2,100 jobs over the same time. So if you were a mfg worker looking to jump over to mining, there are a lot more of you than there are net new jobs, even if that is what is happening within the labor force. I have a hypothesis that a lot of local jobs showing up in mining and logging are not exactly blue collar jobs, but a story for another day.
By the way... was there any resolution to the debate over whether it is spelled fracking or fracing?