June 27, 2018
AUSTIN – Texas oil and natural gas companies added 3,200 upstream jobs* in May, marking the 18th consecutive month of job growth, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Texas has recovered 36% of jobs lost between the high point in employment in December 2014 and the low point in September 2016. Since the low point, employment in the Texas upstream sector has grown by 41,900 jobs, which pay among the highest wages in Texas.
“Oil and natural gas upstream jobs are growing alongside massive industry investment and unprecedented production in Texas,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “The hardworking men and women of the oil and natural gas industry are helping to secure 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.