Texas oil and gas industry witnessed gain of more than 1,000 between December 2021 and January 2021. In addition, the sector has created more than 15,000 positions in the past year. Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) reported these number citing Current Employment Statistics report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TIPRO’s analysis found that Texas employment in January totaled 176,300 jobs. There is an increase of 1,200 jobs in January from the revised December numbers. The report is also reflecting an increase of 16,000 new jobs since January 2021. “Our industry will experience continued growth in employment in oil and gas production this year to meet growing global demand for our product and to offset disruptions in global supply.” TIPRO President Ed Longanecker said in a statement.

Sector-wise increase in job postings

The TIPRO report noted January’s job posting data is on the rise along with rising employment. There were 8,276 active job postings in the Texas oil and gas industry in January. Moreover, 3,000 of these jobs postings were added in January 2022 alone. TIPRO has identified 14 different industry sectors within the Texas oil and natural gas industry. Support activities for oil and gas operations is leading with the highest number of unique job postings i.e. 2,555. Whereas, petroleum refineries and crude petroleum extraction sectors added 1,022 and 787 job postings respectively. The most popular oil and gas occupation in Texas for January was heavy tractor-trailer truck driver with 420 listings. Personal service managers (283) and computer occupations (210) were next in the monthly ranking.

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    Top three cities in terms of job postings

    The top three cities for unique oil and natural job postings were Houston, Midland and Odessa. Houston has 2,874, Midland had 940, and Odessa has 470 unique jobs postings in January. TIPRO also reported this in their report. Moreover, the top three companies ranked by unique job postings in January were Halliburton, National Oilwell Varco and Baker Hughes. They had 418, 408 and 381 jobs posting respectively.

    The U.S. employment sectors were adversely affected by COVID-19 and witnessed huge job losses during 2020. However, in recent months there is an improvement in employment numbers as economy has started recovery.

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