Fracking leads to jobs along the supply chain

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," is the newest and greatest innovation for the oil and gas industry since sliced bread. The process, which injects chemically enhanced water through tight shale rock formations to release large reserves of oil and natural gas, has signaled a revolution in American energy production.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency, the United States will top Saudi Arabia in oil and natural gas production by 2020, and become energy independent by 2035. Both are enormous milestones in the country's often rocky relationship with energy. Additionally, a study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration said fracking will be the biggest driver of the U.S. oil and gas resurgence. By 2020, when the United States nears oil and gas production of 7.5 billion barrels per day, tight oil derived from fracking will make up the majority of production.

Fracking will be the future of American oil, and as such, a wave of new studies found it will create thousands of jobs manufacturing recruiters can help fill, especially those along the energy supply chain.

Fracking a promising job-creator in Midwest
The Illinois Chamber Foundation said in a study that fracking has the potential to create more than 47,000 jobs and spur more than $9.5 billion in economic impact at the highest estimate.

The study created scenarios for the potential low, medium and high impact of fracking on Illinois employment, mostly in the southern portion of the state where the shale rock formations are found. Under the highest projection for fracking, the process will create more than 5,000 indirect jobs for the state, meaning more positions will be created along the supply chain.

Crain's Chicago Businesses reported on the study and said as fracking grows, so too does the supply chain, with oil and gas companies' demand for steel pipes and trucked-in sand and water soaring.

Ohio, Wisconsin project fracking benefits
A separate study by IHS Global Insights found employers in other Midwestern states like Ohio and Wisconsin will also see the beneficial effects of fracking. The report said fracking generated some 38,830 new jobs in Ohio during 2012, and could potentially add another 100,000 positions by 2020.

For Wisconsin, the advent of the fracking process affected the state's direct employment, as much as it did for indirect employment. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, of the 20,000 fracking-related jobs in Wisconsin, direct employment only accounts for 10 percent of fracking positions. The Journal-Sentinel said sand from western Wisconsin is in high demand for use in North Dakota fracking operations, underscoring the increased employment that supply chains are experiencing thanks to fracking.

Overall, the study estimated 500,000 supply chain jobs are associated with fracking in 32 states that do not have hydraulic fracturing installations of their own. Employers across the country are benefiting from fracking, and consulting with manufacturing recruiters to find skilled workers who will tap the potential of fracking can bring businesses to the next level.