Employment in the U.S. oilfield services and equipment (OFS) sector last month reached its highest level since a pandemic-induced reduction in the job count that began in March 2020, according to the Energy Workforce & Technology Council (Energy Workforce).

OFS jobs

The group publishes a state-by-state monthly tally based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

OFS employment rose by an estimated 4,677 jobs versus November to reach 650,587 in December, preliminary BLS data showed. November’s adjusted number of 645,910 is up from the preliminary number of 645,486, Energy Workforce said.

“Our industry is hiring and continues to build on its workforce across America to ensure we are meeting the growing global demand for energy,” said Energy Workforce CEO Leslie Beyer. The growth...