Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Continues to Prove Resilient with Job Growth

April 18, 2022

AUSTIN – Data released by the Texas Workforce Commission shows oil and natural gas upstream jobs grew by 4,300 in March, showing increasing strength in upstream oil and natural gas employment in the state.

“The Texas oil and natural gas industry has proven resilient over the years and continued job growth in the upstream sector benefits every American and our environment,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. “No one produces the oil and natural gas the world needs in a more environmentally responsible way than American producers, and the lion’s share of that production takes place right here in Texas.”

Since the low point in employment in September of 2020, industry has added 27,700 Texas upstream jobs, averaging growth of 1,539 jobs a month, and job growth months have outnumbered decline months 16 to 2. At 184,700 upstream jobs, March 2022 jobs are up by 21,700, or 13.3%, from March of 2021.

The upstream sector involves oil and natural gas extraction and excludes other industry sectors such as refining, petrochemicals, fuels wholesaling, oilfield equipment manufacturing, pipelines, and gas utilities, which support hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in Texas. The employment shown also includes “Support Activities for Mining,” which is mostly oil and gas-related but also includes some small amount of other types of mining.


Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.


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