Texas Oil and Natural Gas Employment Posts 6th Consecutive Month of Growth

Oil and Natural Gas Employment

Texas oil and natural gas job growth grew by 15.4% this November compared to last November. It brought 2,400 upstream jobs last month. This is the data from the Current Employment Statistics report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

What happened in the past 6 months?

  • Employment gains in the Texas oil and natural gas industry have exceeded 2,000 jobs every month.
  • There is an average monthly gain being 2,633, Texas Workforce Commission data show.

With 185,800 upstream jobs in November, jobs in the industry were up by 24,800, or 15.4%, from last November. Since the low employment point in September 2020, growth months have outnumbered decline months 12 to 2, with the industry adding 28,300 Texas upstream jobs.

“The Texas economy continues to rebound and the upstream sector’s addition of two thousand-plus jobs every month for the past six months is a prime example of how critical this industry is to the state’s recovery,” Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, said in a statement. “These jobs pay among the highest wages in Texas and the activity of this industry supports communities across the state, whether you live in the oil patch or not. These positive job numbers are good news for all Texans and Americans.”

The upstream sector includes oil and natural gas extraction as well as the industry sectors of refining, petrochemicals, fuels wholesaling, oilfield equipment manufacturing, pipelines, and gas utilities, which support hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in Texas. It also includes some types of mining.

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Source: in Forney

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