As world conflicts escalate, domestic production is ‘critical’

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) – Continued job growth in the Texas oil and natural gas industry has helped Texas lead the U.S. in job creation and break every job and employment category over the past two years, energy experts argue.

Texas upstream employment last month totaled 210,700, an increase of 1,700 jobs from revised August employment numbers, according to recently released data. The total brings the number of additional or recovered jobs to nearly 54,000 since COVID-era lockdowns in 2020.Last month, Texas added 18,700 jobs since September 2022, a 9.7% increase. Since the COVID-low point of September 2020, the industry has added or recovered 53,700 Texas upstream jobs, averaging a growth of 1,492 jobs a month, the Texas Oil & Gas Association notes. Months with an increase in upstream oil and natural gas employment outnumbered months with a decrease by 31 to 5.

“Three years ago in September 2020, upstream oil and natural gas employment hit rock bottom because…

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