TIPRO Provides On-Line Job Bank
Aiming at easing the personal pain involved in the oil and gas
industry downturn, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty
Owners Association (TIPRO) has instituted an Oil and Gas Job Bank
at its website www.energyconnect.com.
TIPRO pointed to the "staggering 304% increase" in the
industry's unemployment insurance claims since January of 1998, the
beginning of the present price collapse. Claims in the "mining"
industry (which is 95% oil and gas) increased from 1,171 claims to
4,730, according to a TIPRO review of recent Texas Workforce
Commission statistics. TIPRO's no-cost Internet job bank attempts
to place unemployed oil and gas workers with employers that have
high paying field and office jobs.
"The Baker Hughes rig count hit an all time low last week. That
doesn't happen without massive lay-offs. Lay-offs are personal and
we want to do something to help the affected families," said Scott
Anderson, Executive Vice President of TIPRO.
"If unemployment quadrupled last year, it could do the same
thing again this year. That's scary," Anderson said. He said
surprisingly he has begun to get some genuine interest in the
problem from some liberal Democratic and environmental lobbying
groups. "Environmental groups are beginning to worry if they lose
oil, they also will lose gas, the bridge fuel to the next century."
A Mexican-American group has contacted him and he said he had heard
Common Cause was considering endorsing removal of severance taxes
"The response to the Oil and Gas Job Bank was immediate. Within
minutes of its initiation, we were contacted by Olsten Financial
Staffing, an oil industry placement firm, which has some
specialized personnel needs," Anderson said. Within 15 minutes of
its opening, before it was even publicized, it received its first
The Energy Connection is an outgrowth of the TIPRO Technology
Transfer program. Developed in 1995, the Energy Connection is
supported by private industry funds, the Petroleum Technology
Transfer Council and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. It integrates and
links multiple oil and gas websites. including oil and gas
associations, producing company homepages, and oil patch service
companies. www.energyconnect.com also links to energy industry
sites that are not part of its particular on-line community.
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