Industry employment

The US oil and natural gas industry has experienced a growth in jobs from 2007 through yearend 2012, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Oil and gas industry employment increased by 40%, adding more than 162,000 jobs compared with private-sector employment, which only increased 1%, or more than 1 million jobs. BLS classifies the oil and natural gas industry employment into three categories: drilling, extraction, and support. At yearend 2012, drilling employment accounted for more than 90,000 jobs, an increase of 6,600 jobs since 2007. Jobs involved in extraction reached 193,000 at yearend 2012, adding 53,000 jobs since 2007. At yearend 2012, support personnel accounted f...

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