Release – April Marks 17th Consecutive Month of Upstream Oil and Gas Job Growth: 33% of Jobs Recovered

AUSTIN – Texas oil and natural gas companies added 3,400 upstream jobs* in April, marking the 17th consecutive month of job growth, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Texas has recovered 33% of jobs lost between the high point in employment in December 2014 and the low point in September 2016. During that time, employment in the Texas upstream sector has grown by 38,400 jobs, which pay among the highest wages in Texas.

“Record production in the Permian Basin is driving sustained job growth in Texas,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “Investment and innovation in the oil and natural gas industry are not only creating good jobs for Texans but also securing our economy, our environment and our future.”

*Upstream activity includes oil and natural gas extraction and support activities for mining and excludes other industry sectors such as refining, petrochemicals, fuels wholesaling, oilfield equipment manufacturing, pipelines, and gas utilities.

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