State Department puts jobs from Keystone pipeline at 42,100

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One of the more interesting takeaways from the State Department’s 2,000 page report on the impacts of the proposed US-Canada pipeline project is that it predicts the project will create more than 42,000 jobs over a two-year period. That is more than than twice the figure commonly associated with the project.

The executive summary of the report states:

Construction of the proposed Project would generate  temporary, positive socioeconomic impacts as a result of local employment, taxes, spending by construction workers, and spending on construction   goods and services. Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the proposed Project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a 1-to 2- year construction period (of which, approximately 3,900 would be directly employed in construction activities). This employment would potentially translate to approximately $2.05 billion in earnings. (Emphasis added.)

TransCanada said the project would create 20,000 jobs, a figure often repeated by other supporters of the project. As CNNMoney notes that figure includes temporary 13,000 construction jobs. TransCanada also predicted 120,000 indirect jobs. As you’ll note above the State Department summary rolls its indirect jobs estimate into its total, which presumably explains the difference between its total and the industry’s.

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Sean Higgins

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