If built, the Keystone XL extension would require workers for two categories of jobs:

TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION JOBS - These are jobs that would be created just for purposes of building the pipeline project.  

If the XL extension is built, the construction process would require a “peak workforce” of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 short-term personnel spread along the full distance of the route.  This figure includes already-employed Keystone employees.  These are TEMPORARY construction jobs.  Most of these jobs would only last from 6 to 8 months.  Keystone says it would attempt to hire from the local population, but expects that only 10% could come from local communities.  These percentages are based on the assumption that qualified personnel are available, and they will be even smaller in rural areas.  This information can be located in the FSEIS at page 2.1-67, section

PERMANENT OPERATIONAL JOBS - These are permanent positions that would be required for the operation and maintenance of the pipeline.  

If the XL extension is built, only about 50 permanent “employees” would be needed to operate the pipeline in the U.S.  Only 35 of these will actually be Keystone employees, however.  The remaining 15 would be contract workers - which are NOT considered employees. This information can be located in the FSEIS at page 2.1-72, section

“The permanent operational pipeline workforce would be about 50 employees, comprising 35 Keystone employees plus 15 contract workers”

-FSEIS page 2.1-72, section

A “peak workforce” of “approximately 5,000 to 6,000” temporary personnel would be required to construct the entire Project.  Only 10% of these temporary employees are expected to come from local communities, and even fewer in rural areas.

-FSEIS page 2.1-67, section