The U.S. oilfield services (OFS) and equipment sector gained an estimated 2,698 jobs in March, its highest point since last September, the Houston-based Energy Workforce & Technology Council reported.

“It’s encouraging to see job growth increases in the sector and that we are continuing to make gains from our pandemic lows and 2021 fourth quarter losses,” said CEO Leslie Beyer.

She observed that natural gas and oil demand continue to rise, and liquefied natural gas output “is expected to increase as the U.S. looks to help supplement Russian energy resources in Europe.”

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