Fracking pays a lot better than tourism jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for Garrett County is $38,000. Examining the data more closely, for the jobs that are most likely to be supported by tourism — servers, dishwashers and amusement and recreation attendants — the average annual wage is about $20,000, which equates to about $9.30 per hour.

Compared to the annual average wage for fracking jobs, which is about $70,000, it stands to reason that an increase in family-supporting, living-wage jobs produced by fracking would help rather than hinder the local economy.

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