Texas’ upstream natural gas and oil industry added 5,200 direct jobs from March to April. This is bringing the state’s latest direct upstream headcount to 190,400, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) said Friday.
“Texas operators are responding to the call to increase production, despite facing numerous challenges, including inflationary pressures, workforce shortages, and an adversarial federal policy environment,” said TIPRO’s President Ed Longanecker.
TIPRO said the April upstream workforce figure represents a year/year increase of 26,700 positions. Moreover this includes 4,300 in oil and gas extraction and 22,400 in oilfield services (OFS).
Nationwide, OFS employment grew by more than 8,600 jobs from March to April, the Texas-based Energy Workforce & Technology Council recently reported.
OFS companies also figured prominently among the top three companies based on unique Texas job postings in April, said TIPRO. Baker Hughes Co. topped the list with 650 postings. This is then followed by NOV Inc. with 586 and Weatherford International plc with 487.
The Houston metropolitan area, Texas’ largest region for oil and gas employment, added 1,100 upstream jobs in April. Moreover, it raises its total count of direct positions to 66,100, TIPRO said.
The trade group added the Houston region’s April upstream employment was up 7,700 jobs year/year. Moreover, it includes a 3,300-position gain in extraction jobs and a 4,400-job increase in OFS.
Source: NGI (Natural Gas Intelligence)
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