There is no doubt that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs, but there is considerable doubt about the number. Many lawmakers, including Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have cited company estimates that the project would create about 20,000 jobs, including 13,000 construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers. But Washington Post fact-checkers noted that the company is counting the construction jobs based on “one person, one year,” which can inflate the number. The U.S. State Department and Keystone’s contractor estimated there would be 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs. Also, the 7,000 total of supplier jobs assumes that the steel pipe will be fabricated in the United States, which may not be the case.
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