A report released Thursday by a labor-backed group casts a skeptical eye at the number of jobs that would be created by high-volume hydrofracking in the states that include the Marcellus Shale.

The report by produced by several groups, including the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute, as well as the Parks Foundation, which has contributed to anti-fracking groups.

The study contends the number of jobs that will be created by granting fracking permits is far lower than the energy industry contends: Only four new jobs between the years of 2005 and 2012 for each new well in the Marcellus shale.

Statistically, roughly one in 795 jobs can be traced by to gas development in the Marcellus shale region, which includes six states.

New York has missed multiple regulatory deadlines for setting regulations for high-volume fracking and is operating under a defacto moratorium.

The state Business Council, a lobby group, said in a statement pushed back on the reports findings.

“Nothing has transformed the rural economies of Marcellus Shale states like natural gas drilling,” said Darren Suarez, director of government affairs. “Viewing job creation data on a statewide basis ignores the localized job creation benefit that drilling provides. The Public Policy Institute of New York State compared five Marcellus Shale counties in Pennsylvania with five Marcellus Shale counties in New York between 2009 and 2010 and found private sector employment grew. In the five-county Pennsylvania region encompassing McKean, Potter, Susquehanna, Bradford and Tioga, private sector employment grew by 4.7 percent, or 2,425 jobs, while average private sector employment in the five-county New York region Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Tioga and Broome fell by -0.3 percent, a loss of 389 jobs.”

186088188-MSSRC-Employment-Impact-11-21-2013 by Nick Reisman