For most of the U.S. oil and gas industry, 2021 brought recovery in both production and demand, but key sectors still experienced shrinking employment, according to the yearly report from the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).

In its 2022 State of Energy, Texas’ advocate for oil and gas independents reported the U.S. oil and gas industry saw a 9% net decline of direct jobs between 2020 and 2021, a loss of 55,214 positions. Total direct and indirect jobs equaled almost 12 million last year.


Of the sectors TIPRO tracked that were closely related to natural gas, manufacturers of oil and gas field equipment saw the largest decline, sinking by 12% during 2021 for a loss of 5,877 jobs. Natural gas extraction also saw a significant 9% reduction of 2,270...