The U.S. oilfield services (OFS) and equipment sector added an estimated 7,450 jobs in December, according to the Houston-based Energy Workforce & Technology Council.

OFS employment

“As oil demand has pushed higher, it’s heartening to see continued job growth in the sector,” said Council CEO, Leslie Buyer. “The sector has recovered more than half of the jobs lost to the pandemic, and we expect continued growth in 2022.”

The 1.1% jobs gain for December represents a month/month rebound. For November, the Council reported a 0.1%, or 815-job, decline in OFS employment. The 17,000-plus OFS employment increase reported for August through October dwarfed the November dip, however.

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