AUSTIN – Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission indicates that upstream oil and natural gas employment in Texas saw growth in March, with the sector adding an additional 1,500 jobs.
“Job growth in Texas’ oil and natural gas industry even in the midst of turbulent economic times is a continued testament to the demand for the irreplaceable products that help power our modern lives,” said Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “Industry remains committed to enhancing national and energy security for our nation and our allies around the world.”
At 198,700 upstream jobs, compared to the same month in the prior year, March 2023 jobs were up by 20,000–or 11.2%–over March 2022.
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.