U.S. metropolitan economies added more than 196,000 jobs in energy-intensive manufacturing industries from 2010 to 2012, according to a report compiled by IHS Global Insight. "The profusion of available natural gas and oil resulted in a surge in plastic, rubber, resin and chemical manufacturing thanks to lower costs and increased refining volume; as a result these industries saw a combined employment increase of 2.6% across all metropolitan areas," the report said.

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