Texas’ upstream oil and gas employment reached 176,300 in January, representing a month/month increase of 1,200 jobs and a 16,000-job gain year/year, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) reported last week.

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“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,” said TIPRO President Ed Longanecker.

TIPRO obtains its figures from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The statewide trade group had reported an upstream employment figure of 188,700 jobs for December, 7% higher than the above figure for January, but TIPRO pointed out the latest figure...