Employment changes in the oil and natural gas industry, by state

April 04, 2014

From 2007 to 2012, total annual average employment in all U.S. industries decreased by 3.7 million, to 131.7 million (a decrease of 2.7 percent). By contrast, employment in the U.S. oil and natural gas industry increased by 135,084 (31.6 percent) over the same period.

 

Change in employment change in the oil and natural gas industry, by state, 2007–2012
StateChange in employment levelPercent change in employment

Texas

64,51533.1

Pennsylvania

15,114259.3

North Dakota

12,477354.3

Oklahoma

12,03527.3

Colorado

5,13527.2

California

4,23023.0

Louisiana

4,0718.7

New Mexico

3,46723.0

Alaska

1,99017.1

Arkansas

1,89740.5

 

NOTE: North Dakota's 2012 over-the-period increases in employment may be understated because they are calculated on the basis of an incomplete sum for 2012. Data for the drilling oil and gas well industry in North Dakota are not disclosable.

 

 

Texas, traditionally a major oil- and natural gas-producing state, recorded the largest increase in oil and natural gas employment over the 2007–2012 period—64,515 (an increase of 33.1 percent).

Pennsylvania had the second-largest employment gain, increasing by 15,114 (259.3 percent).

In North Dakota, employment in the oil and natural gas industry increased by 12,477, which was the largest percentage increase (354.3 percent).

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. To learn more, see "The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends," Monthly Labor Review, February 2014.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment changes in the oil and natural gas industry, by state on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140404.htm (visited September 26, 2016).

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