Upstream employment rises with exploration

The number of US jobs related to oil and gas production, drilling, and services rose 7.3% in 2004, the result of a continued upswing in domestic exploration activity. It represents the fifth employment increase in the oil and gas sector since 1989, but structural declines in oil and gas-related employment seem likely to dominate in the future. Regional changes in oil and gas activity and employment accompanied the 2004 US job increases. Specifically, Texas, New Mexico, and the Rocky Mountain states have emerged as winners, while the oil-bearing offshore and Midcontinent regions have lost out.1This article examines recent trends in US oil and gas-related employment within the context of lo...

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