It’s a good time to be an oil field worker in Texas, a new government report finds.
The resurgence in domestic drilling made possible by new techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has created thousands of new jobs since the recession, and nowhere is that more evident than the Lone Star State.
Texas led the nation in the number of new oil and gas production jobs last year, adding 19,000 private positions in the field such as drilling, oil and natural gas extraction and support services, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
That was nearly six times the number added in New Mexico, which had the second highest job creation rate in the nation.
And those numbers don’t take into account the new jobs created in the corporate headquarters of oil and gas companies in Houston and other cities far removed from the shale plays.
The data should come as no surprise to folks living in the state’s shale boom counties where an influx of new drilling activity sparked a building spree of hotels and man camps, traffic backups at rural, one-light intersections and long lines of coverall-clad oil workers at conveniences stores.Read full article