Texas’ upstream oil and gas employment reached 185,800 in November, representing increases of 2,400 jobs month/month and 24,800 positions year/year, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) reported last week.

“The Texas oil and natural gas industry employment trends outlined in our latest analysis illustrate the industry’s continued recovery and positive economic impact to the state,” said President Ed Longanecker.

November’s 2,400-job increase marks more robust month/month growth. For October, TIPRO reported 100 fewer new oil and gas jobs for the state. However, November’s gain in oil and gas jobs is about 17% lower than the 2,900 new positions TIPRO reported for September.

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TIPRO, which derives its job figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics report, said its November report marks the seventh consecutive month of job gains for Texas’ oil and gas industry. In November, there were 23,800 more jobs in the state’s oilfield services sector and 1,000 more oil and gas extraction jobs year/year, TIPRO noted.

The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) observed the Lone Star State has picked up an average of 2,633 oil and gas jobs six months in a row.

“The Texas economy continues to rebound and the upstream sector’s addition of 2,000-plus jobs every month for the past six months is a prime example of how critical this industry is to the state’s recovery,” said TXOGA President Todd Staples. “These jobs pay among the highest wages in Texas, and the activity of this industry supports communities across the state, whether you live in the oil patch or not.”

Help Wanted Across Sectors

According to TIPRO, strong upstream, midstream and downstream job posting data for November align with overall rising employment – and ongoing demand for talent – in Texas’ oil and gas industry. The association said its latest workforce analysis shows 65,914 total job postings for the state’s oil and gas industry in November. It added that 9,613 of those postings were unique, marking a 100-job increase in unique postings month/month

TIPRO said the above figures show a posting intensity of 7-to-1, or one unique job posting for every seven postings. It noted the ratio approaches the 6-to-1 posting intensity for all other occupations and companies in the region and shows that employers “are putting average effort toward hiring for these positions.”

Based on statewide employment across 14 specific oil and gas industry sectors, TIPRO said that support activities for oil and gas operations claimed 2,183 unique job postings in November – more than any other sector. With 1,612 unique postings, crude petroleum extraction came in second, followed by petroleum refineries with 1,246 postings, the association noted.

TIPRO also found that Houston boasted 2,985 unique job postings in November, the highest number among Texas cities. The Permian Basin hubs Odessa and Midland, with 709 and 651 postings, respectively, rounded out the top three city rankings. TIPRO also noted that oilfield services giant Halliburton Co., with 709 unique job postings, topped its monthly breakdown of companies, followed by drilling equipment supplier NOV Inc. (620) and refiner Delek US Holdings (481).

The top posted occupation for November was heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers, with 680 listings, TIPRO said. The association noted maintenance and repair workers claimed second place at 572 listings, followed by industrial engineers with 323 listings. 

TIPRO also has estimated the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of various upstream positions. It calculated a 6.8% multiplier effect per job for crude petroleum extraction — the highest impact from its analysis. The trade group also arrived at a 5.2% impact for natural gas extraction, 2.4% for drilling oil and gas wells and 2% for support activities for oil and gas operations.

Longanecker also offered his expectations for Texas oil and gas in 2022.

“Despite concerns over the latest Omicron variant and any related restrictions to economic activity, underinvestment in the oil and gas sector, along with growing demand for our product projected for next year, will likely lead to tighter supplies and higher prices,” he said. “A more restrictive regulatory environment for the U.S. oil and natural gas industry would further exacerbate both and add to inflationary pressures.”