This year, more than 1,000 Jefferson County residents have gained full-time employment thanks, in large part, to Utica Shale development. The unemployment rate in Carroll County has plummeted from 16 percent in 2010 to 6.5 percent in October 2012. A similar experience in Columbiana County is taking place, with the unemployment rate dropping from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 7.3 percent today. Tuscarawas County has seen its unemployment rate drop from 13.1 percent in 2010 to 5.7 percent. These examples are just part of a much larger trend sweeping across a historically economically challenged region and are a direct result of the expanding development of our oil and natural gas resources in the Utica Shale.

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